Since May 2016, the Foundation has been the focus of charitable giving for DWF and reflects DWF values and culture of contribution. As of January 2020, the Foundation had distributed grants totaling over £300,000 to good causes. Those grants were made possible by DWF's fundraising activities and donations.
All operating costs associated with running the Foundation are covered by DWF, so every penny raised goes to support good causes.
Today, through the combined philanthropic efforts of both DWF and the DWF Foundation, opportunities are being created for people to believe, inspire and change.
Areas of support
The DWF Foundation supports registered charities with an impact in one or more of the following areas:
- Health and wellbeing
Grants are given to initiatives that develop and improve local communities by:
- Tackling a specific community issue.
- Helping voluntary and community groups become more effective and efficient.
- Encouraging the involvement in the community of those too often excluded.
- Enabling young people to develop skills for the benefit of the community.
The DWF Foundation focuses on providing grants and support to charities in locations where DWF operates.
By giving grants to local charities, the Foundation aims to have a positive, measurable and lasting impact in our communities.
Impact to date
Between the launch of the DWF Foundation in December 2015 and December 2019, the Foundation awarded over 135 grants totaling over £300,000. Here are some great examples of how the grants have helped individual charities.
DWF Employee Support
The DWF Foundation is at the heart of DWF, supporting DWF's values and culture of contribution. Each of DWF's offices has its own CSR committee, driving fundraising for the Foundation. The DWF Foundation takes an innovative approach to its philanthropic efforts working with DWF's people to achieve more. DWF's people support the Foundation's charitable work through fundraising, volunteering, team challenges, mentoring and pro bono initiatives.
The Foundation continues to work extremely closely with the CSR teams to maximise its fundraising efforts and thereafter to maximise the impact of the DWF Foundation on those charitable causes that we are able to support.
The DWF Foundation isn’t just about money, it’s about supporting people to make a positive difference in local communities through donations of time, money, expertise and resources. There are lots of ways people can get involved and support the Foundation, from participating in charity challenges, raising money through sponsorship, purchasing charity merchandise and getting involved in local fundraising events. There is an opportunity for everyone to get involved.