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 customers and staff since the partnership began in 2010. At home, Virgin Atlantic is our generous Co-Title Supporter of WE Day UK. From September 2019, Virgin Atlantic and WE Charity launched Passport to Change, a three-year programme providing free resources and training to selected schools in communities local to Virgin Atlantic. Inspired by Virgin Atlantic’s commitment to building a foundation for social action that energises young people and prepares them for their future, this three-year programme will motivate and support students to reach their potential through social action on issues related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
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. This is a key part of Virgin Atlantic’s commitment to investing in young people in the UK as young leaders and global citizens.
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 is delighted to partner with WE Charity once more, and thanks to generous funding from the #iwill Fund we will continue delivering Team London Young Ambassadors until 2020. Team London Young Ambassadors is the Mayor’s school volunteering programme, which connects young Londoners with their communities through social action. Since the programme began in 2013 we have helped 430,000 young people in over 2,000 schools across London start volunteering projects on issues they really care about. These include bullying, mental health, 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 170 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.
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.
Big Change Charitable Trust
The Intern Group
Neville Hair and Beauty
Rosie & Cooey
The Royal Horseguards Hotel
The Travel Corporation
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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 Branson Family
Craig Burkinshaw and Joanna Le Bon
Lord Michael Hastings
The Jenkins Family
The Kreeger Family
The Lower Green Foundation
The Owen Family
The Pinto Family
The Prosser Family