Charitable giving

The charities we partner with are supported on the basis of their effectiveness and impact. We also support staff giving and sponsorship through matching donations

The charities we partner with are supported on the basis of their effectiveness and impact. We also support staff giving and sponsorship through matching donations.

Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people through face-to-face contact.

As people grow older, they can become invisible in society. Issues such as illness, reduced mobility or bereavement can significantly affect their ability to leave home, socialise and feel part of the community. A lack of family nearby, dissolving case services and the disappearance of community spaces can exacerbate this. Contact the Elderly works closely with healthcare professionals who can directly refer their older patients to the service, which is completely free.

Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone.

Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The rea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for the older guests who have little or no contact with family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month.


older people helped in 2016

first tea party held

More than just a tea party:

  • 76% of elderly people find Sundays a particularly lonely day
  • 81% of guests have made friends with other guests
  • 77% of guests feel happier because of the tea parties
  • 92% of volunteers feel they are really giving something back
  • 84% of volunteers say their motivation is to help lonely, older people
  • 98% of volunteers feels the tea parties reduce the isolation of guests


Community Links

Community Links is an east London charity, running a wide range of community projects for over 5,000 people every year.

Based in Newham, one of the most deprived boroughs in London, Community Links has 40 years of experience working with local people to support children, young people, adults and families. Last year, Community Links held over 3,300 advice sessions across debt, housing and employment matters; helped 1,934 young people attain qualifications; supported over 1,000 local people through their community hubs and helped 848 people onto employment programmes. Furthermore, through their Health Awareness and Cancer Prevention projects, the charity reached 18,690 people helping them take control of their wellbeing and act early to prevent future problems. In addition to our regular contribution to this charity, 3i’s London-based employees have been contributing to the Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal for a number of years and donated 135 presents to the charity’s 2016 appeal.


Xmas stockings

attended a party

food hampers

The appeal resulted in the collection of 18,000 presents which meant:

  • 3,500 children received a Christmas stocking filled with gifts to open on Christmas morning.
  • 300 children enjoyed a Christmas party with music, games and a visit from Father Christmas and attended a live pantomime show with their families.
  • 45 families received a hamper.


Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.

3i helps fund the Learning and Engagement Programme, which aims to take adults, families, young people and children on a learning journey of discovery. The programme consists of a number of elements including the Explorer Families Programme, the Explorer Schools programme and the Uncover Programmes for Adults. During 2016, Historic Royal Palaces ran its flagship project, “Time Explorers Challenge”, which offered primary school classes from across London the opportunity to take part in a free, deep engagement, cross-curricular project inspired by Queen Victoria’s childhood in Kensington.

The programme started with continual professional development days for teachers, where they gained new historical knowledge and were taught tips and techniques for teaching history in imaginative ways. These teachers created a project plan and brought their classes on a free trip to Kensington Palace. During the trip, the pupils met a character from the past, handled objects, took part in role-play activities and visited Queen Victoria’s bedroom. The children and teachers used this on-site learning experience as a springboard for a cross-curricular project back at school, for which prizes were awarded following the schools’ submission of their project entries.

took part in challenge

took part in sports event

attended in 2015/16

The project culminated in a week-long celebration for the winning schools. :

  • 3,151 children took part in the Time Explorers Challenge.
  • The celebration event provided 350 children with the opportunity to experience traditional Victorian sports and to meet the young Queen herself.
  • In 2015/16, Historic Royal Palaces saw a significant rise in the numbers of school children participating in various activities at Kensington Palace to 10,390 from 5,062 in the previous academic year.


National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

For almost 70 years, the vision of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (“NYO”) has been to be the most inspirational orchestra for young people in the UK.

This vision begins and ends with an unshakeable belief in the limitless potential of Britain’s teenage musicians. Young musicians discover the benefits of collaborating with a vast group of likeminded people, in the process gaining skills and friendships that last a lifetime. Furthermore, being a member of the NYO enables the 164 teenagers from diverse backgrounds across the country to develop as confident and imaginative leaders who take responsibility and inspire other young people through performances and creative workshops.

Last year, NYO’s Inspire programme provided an exceptional opportunity to 215 state-educated musicians from around the country who lack opportunities to advance their playing. At the heart of the programme is the power of peer inspiration and learning. Through in-depth workshops, rehearsals and public performances, these events offer state-educated musicians the opportunity to develop their ensemble playing skills, meet enthusiastic musicians from across the country and work closely with NYO musicians and tutors in a friendly and creative environment.

During the year, NYO also recorded “The Planets” and “Also sprach Zarathustra” for Chandos Recordings, which marked the first commercial recording the orchestra has made in over 10 years. In addition to 3i’s financial contribution to the NYO, 3i employees and their families have been showing their support by attending a number of concerts and rehearsals, including in April and August 2016 and January 2017. 


The Passage

The Passage, which is based very near to our London office, has a high impact on the local community.

3i funds The Passage’s Employment, Training and Welfare Rights (“ETWR”) team, which provides homeless and insecurely housed people with support to find a way back into employment and explore training and educational options.

people supported in 2016

people found jobs


During the year:

  • The charity’s ETWR team supported 367 homeless or insecurely housed men and women who visited the department on 2,691 occasions, representing an increase of 9% on 2015.
  • Clients spent 533 sessions looking for work on the internet.
  • Clients spent 60 sessions preparing for their Construction Skills Certification Scheme card examinations.
  • 127 clients found a job (an increase from 67 in 2015) across a variety of industries including catering, cleaning, construction, engineering, hospitality and security.

A number of 3i employees and their partners attended The Passage’s annual fundraising concert, A Night Under The Stars, at the Royal Festival Hall, in October 2016.


Snowdon Trust

Snowdon Trust provides grants to physically disabled and sensory impaired students studying in the UK, in further or higher education, or those training towards employment.

These grants help cover additional costs that students incur as a result of their disability and which available statutory funding does not cover. Costs include vital support such as sign language interpreters, people to take notes, computers, specialist software, wheelchairs or special accommodation and equipment.

About 100 grants are awarded each year, ranging from £250 to £3,000. In addition to giving financial grants, the trust also takes an active interest in individuals, offering encouragement to students during their studies and beyond. The charity also aims to keep disability issues on the agenda of the Government and institutions.


Bridges Fund Management

3i is proud to be a founding investor in Bridges Fund Management (previously Bridges Ventures), a privately-owned UK venture capital company with a social mission.

Its strategy is to focus exclusively on opportunities where investments can generate attractive investor returns through helping to meet pressing social or environmental challenges, for example, backing businesses that generate jobs in underserved areas or building environmentally friendly care homes for the elderly to sustain an ageing population. Bridges currently manages over £800 million across three fund types: Sustainable Growth Funds, Property Funds and Social Sector Funds.


Charitable Giving Contact

Kathryn van der Kroft

Communications Director
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