What is a corporate foundation?

A corporate foundation is, effectively, a charitable entity established by a commercial company. This method of managing corporate giving can benefit you in a number of ways:

  • Establishes a structured and strategic approach that fits in with your company strategy and values
  • Engages with charities and the wider social sector
  • Shares and applies your expertise to social change

How does a corporate foundation work?

Corporate foundations can be set up and funded in a number of ways; including as an entity which shares the same name as your organisation, funded through investment income on assets originally given by the company.

Some of the resourcing may also come from:

  • Regular donations
  • Endowments linked to your profits
  • Share gifting
  • Fundraising monies from customers or employees
  • Contributions of in-kind donations, such as time and assets
  • Contributions from other partners and suppliers

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