Wesleyan Foundation smashes through £2million milestone

The Wesleyan Foundation has now awarded a total of £2 million to good causes across the UK since its launch two years ago.

The Foundation, launched by the Birmingham-based financial services mutual Wesleyan, supports causes that are important to Wesleyan's customers. It has awarded more than 440 separate grants to charities, community groups and social enterprises across the UK.

Mario Mazzocchi, Wesleyan Group Chief Executive, said:

"In just over two years the Foundation has gone from strength to strength working with hundreds of organisations across the UK that improve lives and transform communities.

"We are delighted to reach our £2 million landmark and it's great working with our customers to understand and support the causes they hold close to their hearts. As a mutual we want to make a difference for our customers and for our communities."

Organisations can apply for three levels of funding ranging from £2,000 to grants exceeding £10,000. Charities that have received funding over the last 12-months include Open Kitchen Social Club in Sheffield that helps tackle food poverty, Northern Ireland-based Dreamscheme that work closely with at-risk young people and Magic Breakfast, which provides healthy breakfasts to children in schools across England and Scotland.

The Wesleyan Foundation works with the Heart of England Community Foundation which administers the funding and distributes it to organisations across the UK.

Tina Costello, CEO of the Heart of England Community Foundation, said:

"Since partnering with Wesleyan in 2017, we've seen first-hand the positive impact that funding can have on charities and local communities.

"It is often overlooked that not-for-profit organisations across the UK rely solely on members of the public and other funding partners. It's been an honour to support Wesleyan and we look forward to helping them fund even more causes in 2020."

Wesleyan provides specialist financial advice and solutions for doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers.