Our commitment to help young people thrive

The Berkeley Foundation is the grant-making foundation established by Berkeley Group in 2011. We work with the voluntary sector and others to help young people overcome barriers, improve their lives and build a fairer society.

Everything we do is underpinned by long-term partnerships. We work closely with charities that model new approaches to the challenges facing young people. We go beyond funding wherever possible, providing capacity building support, and adding value through our relationship with Berkeley Group and wider networks.

We also work with our partners to evaluate and learn from them. We use this to inform and improve our strategy and funding decisions, as well as sharing insights more widely.

Our core funding comes from Berkeley Group, which also pays all our overheads. Therefore, every penny raised for the Foundation is spent directly on charitable activities. Berkeley Group staff also support our work through fundraising and volunteering events, and through payroll giving. All money raised for the Foundation and our charity partners is matched by the Berkeley Group.

Our focus areas

A safe place to call home

Ensuring young people have secure, stable accommodation.
1,149young people reached this year

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Access to employment

Enabling young people to overcome barriers to work and kick-start their careers.
875young people reached this year

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The skills to succeed

Helping young people develop the skills and capabilities they need to thrive.
1,429young people reached this year

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Health & wellbeing

Supporting young people to live happy, healthy lives.
1,890young people reached this year

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Our 2018-2021 strategic priorities

Our three year strategy sets out three clear strategic priorities for our work, underpinned by a set of measurable objectives.

This page sets out our progress in each priority area, as we move into the final year of our current strategy.


We believe in the power of long-term funding. We support voluntary sector organisations through three main routes.

Our Strategic Partnerships are long term, high value partnerships which operate on multiple levels.

The Community Investment Fund provides targeted funding around particular social issues.

Every Berkeley office also partners with a local Designated Charity that they work directly with.

Progress against our strategy

Find projects that would enable us to give at least £3.5 million a year by 2021 through grants, staff fundraising and GAYE.
We gave £3 million to communities in 2019/20 through grants, staff fundraising and GAYE.
Work in partnership with other funders, businesses and local authorities to develop a more collaborative approach to funding, which leverages our giving and increases its impact.
This year we have established new co-funding relationships with PIMCO Foundation, the GLA and the ECB, supporting our key strategic partnerships. We have also worked with London Funders to share intelligence around the response to Covid-19.
Launch a core cost commitment, which will ensure that every grant we make takes a full cost recovery approach.
Our core cost commitment have been published on our website. In 2019/20 95% of new grants, representing 99% of the total value of our commitments, were either unrestricted or included core costs.

Adding value

As well as funding frontline services, we also use our skills, expertise, resources and networks to create development opportunities for our partners and their beneficiaries.

Our partnership with the Berkeley Group provides us with access to a wide range of assets and opportunities.

Progress against our strategy

Develop a broader range of skilled volunteering opportunities for Berkeley staff, increasing the number of volunteer hours given across the Berkeley Group and measuring the impact of this for both charities and staff.
We have set up a staff committee to review volunteering opportunities across Berkeley Group and identify better ways to share these with staff.
Create more opportunities for our partners to meet, network and collaborate with each other and our wider networks.
In February we held a business networking dinner, in partnership with Crisis, raising awareness of the issue of homelessness among Berkeley Group’s corporate networks.
Develop stronger pathways for young people taking part in Berkeley Foundation programmes to access work experience and employment opportunities with the Berkeley Group and its supply chain.
We have developed a number of new employment pathways, including work to support Crisis members into jobs at St George’s Grand Union development in Brent.

Learning & sharing

We use what we’ve learned to inform and improve our own strategy and funding decisions, share insights and influence wider policy and practice.

We do this by publishing evaluations and reports, convening events and communicating about what didn’t work as well as what did.

Progress against our strategy

Undertake a long-term evaluation of the Foundation’s impact, to be published in 2021. As part of this, we will develop opportunities for partner charities and their beneficiaries to give feedback on our work.
We have commissioned IVAR to carry out our 10 year evaluation, and are aiming to deliver this in May 2021.
Create a learning programme which provides space for our partners to share, reflect and develop their work.
We piloted our new learning programme in 2019/20. We delivered three learning events in the year, with plans for another five events in 2020/21.
Raise the Foundation’s profile and ability to influence key stakeholders by developing and implementing a new communications strategy.
Our new communications strategy has been produced, and will be implemented over the next 12 months.

Go to next page: Our impact

Read more by downloading our Annual Review 2020.

The Berkeley Foundation

The Berkeley Foundation is the working name of The Berkeley Charitable Foundation, a registered charity in England and Wales (Charity Number 1152596), a company registered in England and Wales (Registration Number 8548400).

Contact us

The Berkeley Foundation
Berkeley House
19 Portsmouth Road
KT11 1JG


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