Through partnerships with exceptional public, private and humanitarian organisations and the support of forward-thinking foundations, WE Charity programmes are empowering young people around the world with the support, resources and inspiration they need to become life-long world-changers.
Change-Makers represent a diverse range of companies that are dedicated to empowering young people to change the world. These partners’ multi-year commitments represent a significant investment in creating change. Their unparalleled contributions have allowed WE Charity, WE Schools and WE Day to expand our reach both at home and overseas—enabling us to fulfill our mission of helping all young people to achieve their fullest potential.
WE Charity has been capturing the hearts and minds of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ customers and staff since the partnership began in 2010. At home, Virgin Atlantic is our generous Title Supporter of WE Day UK, as well as a Platinum Supporter of WE Day New York. They also fund our signature WE Schools programme, “Be The Change,” designed to motivate young people to take action on local and global causes, both in the UK and in the US and Caribbean. Overseas, Virgin Atlantic generously supports our international development model, Free The Children’s WE Villages, in Kenya, India, and rural China. Every year, UK students can apply for a place on an all-expenses paid scholarship trip to visit a WE Villages community that Virgin Atlantic supports in Rajasthan, India.
The Queen’s Trust has been a key supporter of WE Charity since 2012, giving over £750,000 to expand the WE Schools programme and develop digital educational resources. This funding has enabled us to widen our network of schools into the North of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, reaching thousands more children in hard to reach areas of the UK.
The Rumi Foundation is a remarkable supporter of a range of philanthropic initiatives, with a focus on education, innovation and entrepreneurship. The Foundation partnered with WE in 2012, as part of their commitment to promoting knowledge, sparking new ideas and creating positive social change. Since then, the Foundation’s founder, Lord Rumi Verjee, has played a fundamental role in building the success of the UK office, as Chair of the UK board of directors and Co-chair of WE Day UK. Most recently, The Rumi Foundation has been instrumental in connecting UK students to inspiring educational opportunities through The WE Global Learning Centre, WE’s new global headquarters in Toronto, Canada.
The #iwill Fund and WE are focused on one goal: empowering young people. The #iwill Fund brings together funding from the Government and the Big Lottery Fund to support the aims of the #iwill campaign, backing young people’s social actions. The #iwill Fund’s central ambition is to ensure all 10 to 20 year-olds across England have the opportunity to take part in meaningful social action by 2020. Thanks to generous funding received from the #iwill Fund, WE have been able to match this, allowing us to have a greater reach and provide impactful social action programming to even more young people through innovative technology solutions.
Team London Young Ambassadors is the Mayor’s school volunteering programme, delivered by WE Charity, which connects young Londoners with their communities through social action. Since the programme began in 2013, we have empowered 430,000 young people in over 2,100 schools to start volunteering projects on issues they care about, from bullying and mental health to food poverty and homelessness.
Our Visionary Partners demonstrate a true commitment to community development and youth empowerment in a multitude of ways. Their strong leadership helps to drive positive change, empowering people and transforming lives the world over.
KPMG in the UK is a leading provider of professional services, including audit, tax and advisory specialisms. KPMG has been an incredible champion of WE Charity since the UK office opened in 2010. Driven by the desire to unlock the potential in everyone, KPMG is committed to promoting social mobility across the UK, and to helping everyone to build the life skills for success. Over the next three years, KPMG and WE are working together to develop WE Schools resources which will raise the profile of numeracy and its relevance for the next generation. Together, we are achieving our goal of empowering and equipping young people to lead at school, in their communities and in their future careers.
Boots has a unique place in the heart of the communities it serves across the UK. For over 160 years Boots has been using their pharmacy-led expertise and support to help improve the health and well-being of local communities. Their commitment to making a real difference at home has led Boots to partner with WE, to inspire young people across the UK to live WE and feel good. Through our WE Schools programme in partnership with Boots, we aim to inspire tomorrow’s best leaders; empowering young people to take positive social action in their local communities and enabling everyone to thrive.
Unilever, manufacturer of iconic household products like Dove and Vaseline, is passionate about building a sustainable future. Their goal of enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people led them to partner with Boots and WE to launch a retail campaign focused on helping local schools. Throughout the campaign, 5p per selected Unilever products sold in Boots stores, was donated to the WE Schools programme, inspiring 100,000 students across the UK to take social action and create change.
The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years. The Garfield Weston Foundation is dedicated to helping young people to achieve their potential at school and in their lives through social action and volunteering. Considering our shared mission, the Garfield Weston Foundation became a supporter of WE Charity in 2016. Their generous backing has enabled us to grow the WE Schools programme, helping to engage young people in hard to reach schools in the North East of the UK.
The Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation is a London based grant-making foundation funding charities and social enterprises, with a focus on health, education, international development and arts and culture. WE and the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation are working together to create a world of equal opportunity and prosperity, inspiring young people at WE Day UK. A key supporter of WE Day UK since 2014, The Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation is central to our donor engagement strategy and generously hosts the WE Day Celebration Dinner.
WE is the global charity partner of Pinsent Masons, a global 100 law firm specialising in the energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. Sharing our goal of empowering young people across the UK and internationally, Pinsent Masons supports our WE Villages international development projects.
By tapping into their teams’ creativity, enthusiasm and spirit, WE Charity Champions find unique and exciting ways to give back both locally and globally. We recognise the incredible efforts of these groups to join us in our mission to empower young people and transform communities around the world.
Trafalgar UK and Contiki
Big Change Charitable Trust
The Pinto Family
The Lower Green Foundation
COMO Hotels and Resorts
Supporters of WE Charity and WE Day dedicate their efforts to sharing our message of youth empowerment across many networks. They are pivotal partners in our mission and we are proud to have them as part of the WE Charity and WE Day family.
The Jenkins Family
The Kreeger Family
Craig Burkinshaw and Joanna Le Bon
Lord Michael Hastings
The Beecham Family
The Branson Family
The Owen Family
The Prosser Family
The Wenman Family