Corporate Foundations: Delivering social change

We were recently joined for a thought provoking roundtable discussion by the Shell Foundation, Girl Effect and a host of our corporate clients. The discussion, part of the CAF Breakfast Series of events, largely centered around the question: In a world demanding constant innovation, what is the role of the corporate foundation in delivering social change?

Our Head of Corporate Clients, Klara Kozlov, has also shared 10 lessons from corporate foundations experts in a recent blog post leading with number one:

“Prioritise purpose – a foundation’s purpose serves as its guiding star. To ensure your foundation is purpose-led, you should first articulate its purpose in a clear way that enables you to crystallise your primary objectives. Bring the foundation’s purpose to life and integrate it into operations to dictate activities and direction. A regular, strategic review cycle will enable you to determine whether your activities are inline with your purpose, or whether your purpose needs to be recalibrated as your foundation evolves.”

To read the full list visit Klara’s blog.

You can view our short video of the key contributors from the day if you couldn’t attend.


Considering whether to establish a new foundation, or ambitious to grow the success of your already established foundation? For an informal chat and information on our advisory work in this area please contact CAF’s Senior Corporate Advisor Laura Dosanjh.

Or if you're new to the subject and want some introductory information, our article Designing social value in business includes the basics on what a corporate foundation is and how it works.

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Laura Dosanjh

Senior Corporate Advisor

Laura works with our corporate clients to integrate social purpose and ensure their CR and sustainability strategies have maximum impact. Her work spans a broad range of sectors, with typical engagements including horizon scanning, strategy development, workshop facilitation and benchmarking. 

Contact Laura via email or telephone on +44 (0) 3000 123 298


10 lessons from corporate foundation experts

In a world demanding constant innovation, Klara Kozlov, Head of Corporate Clients, asks what is the role of the corporate foundations in delivering social change?

Designing social value in business

What is a corporate foundation, and how can it help your company make an impact?

Focused corporate philanthropy

Our expert team can work with you to define your foundation's ambitions.