Corporate Foundations

Make a lasting difference to the causes your organisation cares about with a Corporate or Charitable Foundation administered by Charities Trust.

Trusted by leading Corporate Foundations across the UK

Aviva Foundation logo | Charities Trust
Cadent Foundation logo | Charities Trust
Wider Community logo | Charities Trust
Big Give logo | Charities Trust
Nando's Fighting Malaria logo | Charities Trust
Costa Foundation logo | Charities Trust

Create maximum value for your organisation and communities

Choice of charities | Charities Trust

Bigger impact

Grow reputation by raising the profile of your giving activities

HMRC approved | Charities Trust

Business flexibility

Regulate giving activities based on business performance

Governance expertise | Charities Trust

Control funds

Consolidate and hold funds until you’re ready to donate

Not for profit fees | Charities Trust

Cost effective

Simpler and less admin than setting up a stand-alone charity

Monthly reports | Charities Trust

Tax efficient

Company donations into a Foundation are tax deductible

Committed support | Charities Trust

Giving focus

Get everyone behind your chosen charities and causes

Deep Foundation expertise, at your service

Get your Corporate Foundation off the ground and realise your ambition with our expert advice, proven governance and efficient processing services here to help you at every stage of your Foundation journey.


Growing giving with The Cadent Foundation

See how we’ve helped Cadent set up and run its Cadent Foundation to tackle fuel poverty.

How to set up a Corporate Foundation

If you’re looking to set up a Corporate Foundation, understand the key steps you’ll need to take.

Corporate Foundations FAQs

What is a Corporate Foundation?

A Corporate Foundation is one of the options available to a company considering how to donate to charity as part of its CSR initiatives.

Corporate Foundations are legally separate organisations from the company that sets them up with their own charitable purposes, governance and executive structures.

What are the benefits of Corporate Foundations?

Corporate Foundations provide businesses with a vehicle to demonstrate their long-term commitment to a particular cause or charitable area.

As separate entities, they help businesses to focus giving initiatives, increase efficiencies, clearly manage governance, and ultimately maximise social and business impact.

What are the rules around Corporate Foundations?

Corporate Foundations must be registered as a charity and set up only to further charitable purposes for the public benefit. 

There are two key principles of charity law for those considering setting up and running a Corporate Foundation:
(i) As a charity, it must have exclusively charitable purposes for the benefit of the public, and;
(ii) The Trustees must act in the best interests of the Corporate Foundation, rather than the company that set it up.

How do I set up a Corporate Foundation?

Charities Trust has experience in setting up and running - as a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) provider -  some of the UK’s largest Corporate Foundations.

We’ll be happy to listen to your goals and help guide you through the process.

Get in touch to see how we could help with your Corporate Foundation Get in touch to see how we could help with your Corporate Foundation

Get in touch to see how we could help with your Corporate Foundation

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