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Laura Dosanjh

Senior Advisor
Charities Aid Foundation

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E: corporate@cafonline.org

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CORPORATE FOUNDATIONS - DESIGNING SOCIAL VALUE IN BUSINESS

Corporate foundations are on the rise; there are over 140 in the UK alone. Businesses across all industries from retail and resources to professional and financial services are getting in on the act.

What is a Corporate Foundation?

There is no one size fits all model  for setting up a corporate foundation as they all have different strategic approaches and structures.

A foundation can be an independent entity, integrated within a business, or a hybrid of both. Funding can range from company annual budgets to endowments. But the one thing  all corporate foundations have in common, which underpins their establishment, is a desire to maximise their impact for society and business.

Why set up a Corporate Foundation?

A foundation offers the opportunity to create a brand-aligned identity which can help a business focus its social purpose.  It can enhance the business’ reputation, attract new partners and business opportunities and generate fresh insights through research into social  needs. It  also offers a clear governance for corporate responsibility programmes and opportunities for staff development. 

A foundation enables a business to achieve greater social impact and creates a space and platform for social innovation.

How to set up a Corporate Foundation

Our expert perspective on responsible business and charity gives us a unique outlook when helping our corporate clients establish a foundation. In recent months our team had worked with clients to help them:

  • Focus their foundation strategy, aligning business and social purpose.
  • Clarify their social aim and review the latest evidence on where and how our clients can make a difference.
  • Provide trusted guidance on governance and funding choices.
  • Find the most suitable tax-effective way to deliver their foundation; from our CAF Company Account to our social investment fund CAF Venturesome.

GET STARTED WITH A CORPORATE FOUNDATION

Our clients trust us to help them  achieve the greatest impact for society and for their business.

Find out more about Corporate Foundations and read how we helped one such client deliver social value with their own foundation.

Find out more about Corporate Foundations

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