Below are some of the projects we have funded. These are listed by type of funding as we think the type of intervention is as important as the cause. The potential for scale and nature of any injustice are the main reasons for decision making, as well as the ability of our partners to have impact.
Issue: Wellbeing / Partner: Inspiring Scotland
We initiated a research project in partnership with Inspiring Scotland and others to find ways to improve the wellbeing of children in the UK.+more...
It was apparent from the data that young people’s wellbeing needs far greater attention, and our research showed the some of the negative effects of screen time and social media. Regrettably, the advent of Covid meant the next stage of this project was suspended, although it sparked our interest in further supporting action to ensure technology companies are held to account.
Issue: Mental Health / Partner: Spinal Injuries Association
We funded a research project, run by University of Reading, looking at the mental health of the spinally injured and identifying gaps in services and cost-effective ways to make improvements. +more...
Having a son who is paralysed, I was aware of the mental health issues facing disabled people. The research found that 47% experienced mental health issues and 28% had suicidal thoughts and identified many practical steps to make improvements. The next steps are now to support new partnerships to scale the response to address the specific mental health issues which disabled people struggle with.
Advocacy and Legal Funding
Issue: Human Rights / Partner: Burma Campaign
Our initial funding enabled the Burma Campaign to produce the “Dirty List” – a list of companies conducting business with the regime. Further donations helped towards its revision, circulation and publicity. +more...
I visited the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh in 2018 shortly after nearly one million people had fled from Myanmar and, on my return, I wished to support campaigns against the regime. The list was widely circulated, particularly following the coup in 2021, and many of the companies listed stopped trading with the regime.
Issue: Internet harms / Partners: Foxglove / Good Law Project / Cease UK
We have made several donations to initiate research into legal action against tech companies for the harms caused to young people and supported legal action in this area. +more...
The damage caused by screen time and social media to young people was highlighted in the earlier research project that we had funded and so we wished to take further action in this area to bring about change.
Seed / Start up funding
Issue: Climate Change / Partner: SOS-UK – Teach the Teacher
Our funding enabled this innovative campaign to be publicised ahead of the UN climate change conference, COP26 in Glasgow. +more...
I was keen to do something around climate change, which is clearly the major issue of our time. This campaign was very successful and schools in 20 countries took part. There are plans to expand it in the future and our partners said it would not have happened without our funding at the concept stage.
Issue: Theatre for social impact / Partner: Sit-up Awards
We created an annual prize at the Edinburgh Fringe to support theatre companies, before, during and after their productions to achieve greater impact. +more...
Every year, there are fantastic plays that delicately and powerfully tell stories about important social issues, but most companies do not engage with their audiences beyond the production itself. The purpose of the Sit-Up Awards is to encourage and support them to do more.
Development capital / Growth Funding
Issue: Refugees / Partner: Survivors of Torture
We provided a grant to cover the cost of their first paid staff member enabling them to provide increased support.
Issue: Mental Health / Partner: Talk for Health
We supported Talk for Health to scale their innovative talk-based programmes to improve mental health.
Issue: Community Action / Partner: Social Change Agency
Our funding at the start of Covid in March 2020 enabled a platform and infrastructure to be made available to the dozens of small community groups that were then started. +more...
Our support enabled Social Change Agency to support groups, activists, campaigners and everyday volunteers - and they have around 300 groups working with them. They have had around £1.6m of donations pass through their platform from individuals and foundations directly into communities.
Issue: Health / Partner: Hands Up Foundation
We provided support and encouragement to Hands Up Foundation to develop a plan to scale the provision of innovative cost-effective artificial limbs to children from Syria. +more...
There are over 80,000 children who have lost limbs in the civil war and we hope that many more will be helped as a result of our funding.
Emergency / Gap Funding
Issue: Human Rights / Partner: Children on the Edge
We provided essential funding to enable Children on the Edge to get their campaign off the ground to introduce a law in the Ugandan parliament to bring an end to human sacrifice.The law was passed in 2021.
Issue: Refugees / Partner: Watershed
We provided the cost of an essential worker to Watershed to ensure that the toilets and showers were operational in the Lesbos refugee camps, thus ensuring clean water and sanitation.+more...
I visited Moria camp in 2020 and was told by MSF that this very small charity, run by three British engineers, was essential to the health of the camp and at the time no other funding was available.