Committed to helping those in need

Our principles

In all its work, the Samworth Foundation aims to support a rights based approach recognising gender equality and promoting the values of partnership with its grantees. We aim to build lasting partnerships with grantees through a commitment to fund those elements of work or organisational costs other donors are unable to cover.

We are passionate about making change to injustice in society and recognise that we are a small part of this. We seek to fund primarily the most neglected and marginalised people within society, with specific focus on children and young people, although not exclusively. We believe deeply in the need to protect and improve the environment. We look to support those with social as well as educational needs, and favour projects where the community sees a need and aims to encourage people to help themselves. We look for partners who demonstrate this same passion.

Working together

As a Family Foundation, we are prepared to take risks in our grant making to meet a joint goal of strategic grantee strengthening and stability, alongside an investment in finding solutions to issues of injustice. Understanding the strategic impact of a grant, from the Foundation, is key to any initial conversation with potential grantees. We aim to be a flexible funder, building honest and open relationships with our grantees. This is key to our commitment to be responsive to changing needs of an organisation or work planned, when necessary. We respect the experience our partners possess and we are committed to supporting them in their own development as to the development and success of their work. We aim to learn from the conversations we have with our grantees and partners and encourage them to work and collaborate together.

In 2019 we continued to fund grants

To support vulnerable young people into education or vocational training

1 Grant totalling £35,000

In 2019 we pledged funding

To help organisations influence policy and public understanding on environmental and conservation issues

10 Grants totalling £594,809

In 2019 we continued to support grants

To combat violence against women and girls

6 Grants totalling £264,836

In 2019 we designated funding

To support vulnerable people who are exploited sexually, commercially, trafficked or in any modern form of slavery

17 Grants totalling £1,193,439