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.

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 & Employment, Health and policy & Learning to take a holistic approach to communities that are ready for everything.

Last year, Community Links provided advice sessions across welfare support, debt, legal advice, housing, and employment matters to over 3,000 clients; supported 833 young people at risk of exclusion and mental health challenges through the transition from primary to secondary school; provided food packages to 843 families through their weekly emergency food support service; held 484 community based conversations on the topic of youth violence and trained 18 community advocates in Manchester and London to have conversations with young people.

In addition to 3i’s regular contribution, in FY2020 our London-based employees continued their support of the Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal, donating both money and presents to the charity’s 2019 appeal which helped 2,290 local children with gifts. Our London-based staff also donated food and other items to the Community Links Foodbank Appeal.


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.

Its 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, the charity runs a public engagement programme to enable adults, families, young people and children to participate in immersive, high quality activities and programmes onsite, offsite and online, with 3i helping to fund the Learning and Engagement Programme.

During 2019, HRP invited over 5,000 pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the ‘Victoria, Woman and Crown’ programme which complemented the History and English and Art, Design and Textiles curriculums, ran The Kensington Palace Writers project, in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, which included a training day for teachers and involved 300 children visiting the Palace, and engaged with community group leaders from 50 organisations, welcoming over 3,000 people to the Palace, and a further 2,000 people to some of HRP’s other sites.


National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

The National Youth Orchestra (‘NYO’) of Great Britain is among the world’s leading orchestras composed exclusively of teenagers.

As well as working together in the orchestra, the teenagers are also encouraged to inspire other young musicians, through the NYO Inspire programme which provides free opportunities to Grade 6-8 teenage musicians to develop their orchestral playing through in-depth workshops, rehearsals and public performances. Of the 164 musicians, 53 have gained their places having progressed through NYO Inspire, demonstrating the impact and success of this programme.

The orchestra was very busy during 2018/2019 holding three residencies followed by nine performances across the UK, two NYO Inspire Days in London and Sheffield, two NYO Play the School residencies in London and Nottingham, allowing thousands of school children to experience classical music for the first time, and an NYO Inspire Orchestra residency followed by an NYO Inspire Orchestra Tour to a number of secondary schools.

The NYO Inspire programme has a strong focus on state school and Black and Ethnic Minority musicians, who are under-represented in the sector.


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.

3i supports The Passage’s Client Development team which provides clients with life skills and helps them to end their homelessness by returning to work. Support includes computer training, literacy and numeracy classes, help with CVs and finding jobs, and financial and welfare rights advice. The Passage operates the largest Resource Centre in the UK and received 37,455 visits in the last year.

During the year, the team helped 82 clients into employment across a variety of industries including catering, cleaning, warehousing and software and set up 32 mentoring relationships with local employers; supported 89 clients into private rented accommodation; supported 59 clients living in destitution with accommodation and sustenance; provided counselling to 342 clients; and gave legal advice to 68 clients.

In addition to our financial donations, 3i’s staff have also supported The Passage in other ways over the past year; a number of employees attended The Passage’s annual concert, Night Under The Stars, and the annual Christmas Carol Service at Westminster Abbey. In December 2019, 40 3i volunteers rolled up their sleeves to help The Passage get ready for Christmas by decorating the Resource Centre with tinsel and Christmas trees, putting together hundreds of food parcels to be given to clients in temporary accommodation, tidying up the clothing store and helping out in the kitchen.


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. About 100 grants are awarded each year, ranging from £250 to £3,000. 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.

The Snowdon Masters Scholarship Programme gives a small number of students the financial support and encouragement to help them excel in a Masters degree course. The charity awarded 14 new Snowdon Masters Scholarships to students starting in autumn 2019 studying subjects including Music Composition, Law, Theology, Fine Art, Architecture, Theoretical Physics, Politics, Biology, Sports and Health Science and Disability Design Innovation.


Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly)

Contact the Elderly

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

Its mission is to empower older people to make new social connections and break out of the cycle of isolation. 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.

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. Last year, the charity helped over 8,500 older guests across the UK through over 900 groups, supported by more than 14,500 volunteers.

3i’s London team raised funds for Re-engage during their charity day in July 2019.


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.

2019 was very busy with Her Majesty the Queen opening RBLI’s new care home, Appleton Lodge; officially ‘cutting the turf’ for Phase 2 of the Centenary Village build; a significant growth in the activities and support programmes for vulnerable veterans; and further success achieved through the LifeWorks programme.

veterans and their dependants on the Village helped through activities including gardening, breakfast clubs, music lessons and life-skills training

people supported towards sustainable employment though the LifeWorks programme

‘step-in’ sessions held, providing 1:1 guidance and personalised support to the most vulnerable veterans 

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.


Independent Age

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

The charity aims to 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 providing a free helpline and a network of volunteers helping beat loneliness and isolation across the UK.

Over the past year, Independent Age supported 1.3 million people through distributing 4 million guides and online resources, responding to 69,000 enquiries to its helpline and making a total of 61,000 volunteer friendship calls and visits to those who are lonely.

In addition to 3i’s regular contribution, in October 2019 the 3i London office took part in Independent Age’s Big Tea fundraiser, raising £750 including 3i’s matching donation, and the London team raised funds for Independent Age on their charity day in July 2019.


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 meet pressing social or environmental challenges, such as 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 2019, its network of 5,000 volunteers from 1,000 employers helped to transform the lives of 69,000 young people in 500 schools and colleges.

3i takes part in the mentoring programme which supports young people aged 16 to 18 who lack the opportunities, professional networks and confidence to find their undiscovered talents.

In the current 2019/2020 academic year, 11 3i employees are volunteering as mentors, meeting their mentees for an hour per month for up to 12 months. Face-to-face mentoring meetings have had to stop because of the social distancing measures imposed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the UK, and all students mentored by 3i employees have been offered the option to be mentored through virtual meetings and phone calls.


Church Homeless Trust

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 also works with partners across England to reach homeless people who need help and offers accommodation in winter night shelters at Christmas time.

In addition to these activities, Church Homeless Trust also provides basic living expenses for asylum seekers who are destitute due to not being allowed to work or claim benefits.

Last year, Church Homeless Trust supported 600 people to move into their own permanent home with a resettlement grant, provided over 800 welcome packs containing basic items such as towels, toiletries, clothing and basic food items to new arrivals coming into hostels with nothing, provided personal grants to 250 people to enable them to receive ID papers or clothing and transport costs to apply for jobs, provided 157 people with work related training and work experience through their Back to Work Programme, arranged professional counselling for 87 people and offered therapeutic activities including horticultural therapy, expressive arts and gym memberships to 385 homeless people.

3i’s London team raised funds for Church Homeless Trust during their charity day in July 2019.


COVID-19 charitable fund

Read about how 3i is supporting charities and communities affected by the pandemic in the countries in which we operate.

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