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.

Church Homeless Trust

Church Homeless Trust helps people who are homeless by giving them grants to meet their particular needs.

Grants are given to homeless people of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities and faiths. Although the grants are small, they make a life changing difference to homeless people who have very little money, but are desperate to rebuild their lives and find a permanent home.

Church Homeless Trust works with partners across England to reach homeless people who need help and, for the first time this year, started offering accommodation in winter night shelters.

homeless people moved into their own permanent home

homeless people helped through the employability programme

of grants given each week

The charity’s achievements over the past year include:

  • 452 homeless people moved into their own permanent home with the support of one of the charity’s resettlement grants;
  • 141 homeless people received ID papers, clothing and transport costs so they could apply for jobs, training and benefits, with the help of the charity’s personal grants;
  • 69 homeless people received work-related training, or volunteering opportunities, through the charity’s employability programme;
  • 48 homeless people were taught how to use a digital device and use the internet safely through a digital inclusion grant; and
  • the charity funded a number of therapeutic activities such as gardening, cooking lessons, music making, creative writing and gym membership.

Church Homeless Trust has continued to fund the Street Buddies initiatives in Westminster and Manchester, enabling former rough sleepers to volunteer as outreach workers to entrenched rough sleepers. The charity has also continued to provide basic living expenses to asylum seekers who are destitute due to not being allowed to work, or to claim benefits.


Community Links

Community Links is a social action charity which finds new solutions to old problems and delivers them with the whole community.

Based in Newham, one of the most deprived boroughs in London, Community Links works across Advice, Digital Skills, Youth and Employment, Health and Policy & Learning to take a holistic approach to create communities that are ready for everything.

Last year, Community Links provided advice sessions across debt, housing, benefits and employment matters to over 2,900 clients. 356 of these clients received legal advice and Community Links had a 97% success rate for appeals, ensuring that individuals and families accessed their legal entitlements. These advice sessions were complemented by the introduction of digital skills courses that help senior citizens gain confidence in completing online forms, and helping to improve access to employment for young people.

The charity’s youth and employment programmes worked with 1,090 young people to help them realise their potential. 320 young people were supported into work and helped to stay there; 400 young people were supported to build up their emotional resilience through the More than Mentors initiative; and 370 Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority women participated in the Create Your Future programme, which supports economically inactive women into employment.

Christmas presents in Toy Appeal

clients helped in 2018

Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority women participated in Create Your Future programme

In 2018 the charity delivered an innovative programme, in partnership with Catch22, which sought to tackle the issue of knife crime in Hackney, Newham and Croydon. Through the programme knife free advocates, with prominent roles in the community, were recruited and trained to have informed and positive conversations with young people about knife crime and associated criminal activity.

In addition, the charity focused its work at its flagship Asta community hub on improving the capabilities of parents and providing activities with an emphasis on children and young people. Last year they engaged with, supported, referred and tracked 1,781 service users through a variety of groups, activities and referrals.

In addition to our regular contribution, 3i employees supported the charity through a charity bike ride, and our London-based employees have been contributing to the Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal for a number of years, donating in excess of 100 presents to the charity’s 2018 appeal, which resulted in the collection of 16,000 presents in total for local children.


Historic Royal Palaces

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

HRP’s cause is ‘To help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built’. In support of this, they run a Public Engagement Programme to enable adults, families, young people and children to participate in immersive and high quality activities and programmes onsite, offsite and online, with 3i helping fund the Learning and Engagement Programme.

The youth outreach work consists of both primary and secondary school education programmes. Working with the National Literacy Trust, HRP identified ten local primary schools with a high rate of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. In October 2018, over 300 pupils from these schools were invited to Kensington Palace to receive a literacy-led learning session focused on the life of young Victoria. Research shows that offering ‘memorable experiences’ improves literacy levels, so the programme used paintings, objects from Queen Victoria’s childhood and her journals to encourage the children to reflect on her life.

In addition, over 250 primary children visited Kensington Palace as part of HRP’s ‘Paperback Palaces’ programme which aims to explore contemporary texts in a range of ways. Teachers from the schools met the books’ authors and planned a scheme of work as well as a class visit; the children then took part in immersive learning sessions bringing the stories to life.

learners signed up to first Massive Open Online Course

pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds visited Kensington Palace

people reached through community programmes

2018 marked the first time a programme was offered to secondary school children. As HRP are the keepers and curators of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, they developed a programme for Art and Design/Textile students. Focus groups were held with students and pupils earlier in the year and, in July 2018, 25 students and three teachers participated in the pilot programme. Following the success of the pilot, two sessions will be developed for 2019.

The community programmes, which train group leaders and adult learning tutors to lead visits for their groups, reached almost 1,500 people through 39 organisations, including Open Age, Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, Mind Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Adult Education Service.

Ticketed events (including pop-up talks for International Women’s Day, brunch-time lectures with the author of the film ‘Victoria and Abdul’ and an outdoor concert ‘From Baroque and Rock’) reached 999 adults, and 13,841 learners signed up to HRP’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), a free online course called “A History of Royal Fashion”.


Independent Age

Independent Age exists to make the UK a better place to grow old for everyone.

The charity’s work is very simple and effective. They understand the issues faced by elderly people, campaign for change, and provide support people can rely on - from clear and simple guides on benefits and entitlements, to a network of volunteers helping beat loneliness and isolation across the UK.


1.19 million
people accessed support during 2018

volunteer friendship calls and visits

In 2018, the team at Independent Age supported 1.19 million people, through:

  • distributing 3.6 million guides and online resources, including its most popular guide, Moneywise, which offers guidance on benefits and entitlements;
  • responding to almost 70,000 enquiries to its free helpline on crucial issues related to financial security, health and care, and social connections;
  • making a total of 43,000 volunteer friendship calls and visits to those who are lonely. These regular catch-ups have been found to make people feel less lonely and improve their emotional wellbeing;
  • working alongside more than 2,350 volunteers who added incredible value in a range of different roles, from spreading the word about the charity locally, to enjoying a weekly chat over a cup of tea with someone in later life who is experiencing loneliness.

In October 2018, the 3i London office took part in Independent Age’s Big Tea fundraiser, raising almost £800, including 3i’s matching donation.


National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

NYO creates thrilling orchestral opportunities for the teenage musicians and audiences that need them most. No other orchestra in the world achieves such high standards with such young musicians.

Three times a year, 164 NYO musicians from across the UK come together for residential rehearsals. Creative preparation leads to a series of concerts of breath-taking energy and technical accomplishment, which regularly earn 4- and 5-star reviews in the national press. NYO reaches audiences of over 10,000 in concert halls, hundreds of thousands more through BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, and their annual BBC Prom attracts TV audiences of up to two million. NYO performs as Classic FM’s Orchestra of Teenagers; a Classic FM audience of millions regularly enjoys NYO archive recordings.

3i supports the brass section of the orchestra, which comprises 29 musicians. The average age of the musicians in this section is 17, they play 30 instruments between them and all of them lead on the NYO Inspire programme, which reaches out to aspirational teenage musicians from across the country. NYO Inspire provides targeted orchestral learning opportunities for young musicians who have achieved Grade 6 standard, taking their ensemble skills all the way to NYO entry-level. Regional music services, the NYO audition team and partner organisations nominate outstanding orchestral musicians for the programme, whose achievements are limited by lack of opportunity. The focus is on state-school and Black and Minority Ethnic musicians, who are under-represented in the sector.

NYO Play the School takes NYO teenage orchestral brilliance into schools with economically-deprived catchment areas, giving workshops with in-school musicians and live orchestral performances for the whole school.

NYO is transforming the way teenagers learn, perform, listen to and think about orchestral music. In doing so, NYO has become a powerful movement for teenage cultural engagement, creating dialogue between young people of different backgrounds, developing leadership skills and social engagement among talented teenagers, and demonstrating in the most vivid way possible the boundless potential of all the UK’s young people.

In addition to 3i’s financial contribution to NYO, 3i employees and their families have been showing their support by attending a number of NYO concerts and rehearsals.



Contact the Elderly

Re-engage is a national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people living in the United Kingdom.

Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity works within local communities organising regular social gatherings for 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 group is welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same, which means that over months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.


elderly people helped monthly

first tea party held

Re-engage groups are a real lifeline of friendship for the older guests, many of whom have little or no contact with family or friends. The charity helps over 6,600 older people across the UK with the help of over 12,000 volunteers.


Royal British Legion Industries

Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) is a national charity supporting the Armed Forces, people with disabilities and people who are unemployed. They improve lives every day by inspiring those they help and supporting them to find work and lead independent lives.

The charity’s heritage means they support Armed Forces veterans and their families, and the families of serving personnel, providing housing, employment and care. However since RBLI was established in 1919, they have expanded and now also support people with disabilities and people who are out of work with the aim of ensuring they have appropriate, sustainable employment and a brighter future.

Armed Forces veterans, those with disabilities and others out of work supported during 2018

back into employment or work placed training within one year of attending LifeWorks

residents supported on RBLI’s thriving village in Kent

RBLI provides employment to Armed Forces Veterans and people with disabilities in their Social Enterprise, Britain's Bravest Manufacturing Company, and supports those struggling to adjust to civilian life. The charity also provides a home to hundreds of Armed Forces Veterans and their families on their village in Kent.

They also provide people outside of the Armed Forces community who are long-term unemployed with the support they need to find and sustain work through their LifeWorks support programme.


Snowdon Trust

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

These grants help to cover the additional costs that students incur as a result of their disability and which available statutory funding does not cover. Costs may include vital human support such as sign language interpreters, computer equipment with adaptive software, powered wheelchairs and mobility equipment, and adapted or additional accommodation costs. Statutory funding is not always available for this essential help and, where it is, the amount may be insufficient.

The charity’s grants programme is supporting 108 students studying during the 2018/19 academic year, with grants totalling over £280,000. 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 and has been instrumental in getting statutory support for disabled postgraduate students increased significantly for 2019/20.

Most recently, the Trust has embarked on a new Masters Scholarship programme, to find and help develop outstanding future disabled leaders who will become role models for others to follow.


The Passage

The Passage, based near our London office, is a homelessness charity in Westminster whose services have a high impact on the local community.

There has been a 41% increase in the street homeless population over the last year in London’s Westminster area and it remains the borough with the highest number of rough sleepers, as the lack of access to affordable housing, ongoing cuts to social care budgets and welfare reform have severely hit the most vulnerable in our society.

The Passage operates the largest Resource Centre in the UK; they received 36,848 visits in the last year, from 3,189 individual clients. Their community intervention team had 2,378 outreach street encounters locally, since May 2018, meeting 287 individuals. The Housing Support Service Team, working with Westminster City Council supporting housing applications from single homeless people, made 1,417 assessments of which 1,051 were from individuals homeless at the time of their application.

visits to Resource Centre

people found jobs

clients supported with debt problems

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. During the year, the charity’s ETWR team helped 75 clients into employment across a variety of industries including catering, cleaning, construction, hospitality and warehousing; and conducted 123 career guidance sessions, 67 benefits advice sessions and 888 welfare rights sessions for their clients.

As part of The Passage’s new Money Advice Project, the ETWR team supported 201 clients with debt problems; handling over £56,000 worth of debt to create manageable repayment plans for clients for as little as £1 per month, and getting almost £20,000 written off. They also opened 65 bank accounts for clients and provided support for four court cases.

A number of 3i employees attended The Passage’s annual fundraising concert, A Night Under The Stars, at the Royal Festival Hall, in October 2018, which raised a total of £136,129.

Last month, The Passage was incredibly proud to announce that His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge had become their Royal Patron, having visited The Passage many times over the years, the first time at 11 years old when he came to meet homeless clients with his mother.


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.


Career Ready

Since 2002, Career Ready has connected employers with schools and colleges to provide young people aged 14-18 with mentors, internships, masterclasses, and employer-led activities that prepare them for the world of work.

In 2018, its network of 5,500+ volunteers from 400 employers helped to transform the lives of 30,000 young people in 300+ schools and colleges.

3i takes part in the Career Ready Plus programme which supports young people who lack opportunities, networks, and the confidence to reach their potential. In the 2018/2019 academic year, 11 employees are mentoring young people on the Career Ready Plus programme, helping them to kick-start rewarding and successful careers.

The programme involves a series of monthly meetings, each one building on the last, between a Career Ready student and a volunteer. Taking place in the mentor’s workplace or the student’s school/college, each meeting lasts an hour and focuses on a different aspect of the student’s career and education journey. Over the course of the programme, students, with their mentors, reflect on their progress against skills including communications and networking, organisational skills, personal time management and problem solving & analysis.


During the last year, 3i’s staff contributed to a foodbank collection, supported a clothes collection in support of Smart Works, a UK charity that provides high quality interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need, and participated in a charity bike ride.  

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