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.
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 locally 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. To celebrate the actions of these incredible change-makers, Boots is working alongside WE to make WE Day UK bigger and better than ever. This stadium-sized event brings together 12,000 young people to look back on, celebrate and kick off another amazing year of transformative impact. Together, we will support young people to live healthy, happy lifestyles, and become agents of change in their communities.
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 the network of schools to the North of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, reaching thousands more children in hard to reach areas of the UK.
Team London, the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme, aims to encourage all Londoners to give their time to make London a better place. In 2013, WE Charity partnered with Team London to deliver its flagship school programme, Team London Young Ambassadors. This exciting, free programme works with primary and secondary schools, as well as FE colleges and providers of alternative provision, to inspire and support young people to develop local social action projects. Together we are creating the next generation of active volunteers who will continue to make a positive difference in their local communities. Supported by Unilever, the programme has engaged over 2,100 schools and more than 400,000 young people.
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 Co-Title Supporter of WE Day UK. They also fund “Be The Change”, a WE Schools programme designed to turn inspiration into action on local and global causes. Overseas, Virgin Atlantic support our international development model, Free The Children’s WE Villages, in Kenya, India, and rural China. Students who participate in the Be The Change programme can apply for a spot on an all-expenses paid scholarship trip to a WE Villages community supported by Virgin Atlantic in India.
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.
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 inspire young people at hard to reach schools in the North East of the UK.
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 to support communities, and to helping everyone to build the life skills for success. Thanks to our shared mission, KPMG has been a presenting partner of WE Day UK since 2014, and has shared in the life-changing journeys of many KPMG schools inspired by the WE Schools programme. Together, we are achieving our goal of empowering and equipping young people to lead at school, in their communities and in their future careers.
The Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation is a London based grant-making foundation funding charities and social enterprises, with a particular 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 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 vision to inspire young people across the UK and internationally, Pinsent Masons supports our WE Villages international development projects.
Established in 2006, The Rumi Foundation supports a range of philanthropic initiatives, with a focus on education, innovation and entrepreneurship. Like WE, The Rumi Foundation believes that innovation and learning are the greatest drivers of positive social change. The Rumi Foundation has been an incredible supporter of WE since the UK office opened, with Founder, Lord Rumi Verjee, becoming chair of the UK board of directors in 2012 and co-chair of WE Day UK since the inaugural event in 2014.
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
COMO Hotels and Resorts
Trafalgar UK and Contiki
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 Lower Green Foundation
The Owen Family
The Prosser Family
The Rumi Foundation
The Wenman Family