Philanthropy: corporates and corporate foundations

Philanthropy for corporate organisations can take many forms. Perhaps you partner with a charity as part of your CSR activity – or maybe you make one-off gifts directly. You may be considering more structured options, like donor advised funds or a charitable foundation.

Whatever your approach, we can help. Our years of expertise have given us a practical, real-world understanding of how the law applies to corporate giving.  Our advice is always tailored to your unique situation.

How we help

When it comes to corporate foundations, we’ll guide you through establishment, mindful of protecting your business’ name and interests whilst maintaining the independence of the foundation. We have a unique insight into the Charity Commission’s guidance on charities working with non-charities – we were heavily involved in the consultation. We understand not only the letter of the law, but also how to apply it practically and reasonably – including in relation to employee involvement.

We advise on all aspects of the company/foundation relationship, from stakeholder management to dealing with mission drift. We appreciate the need to balance the interests of the corporate within the overarching charitable aims and independence of the foundation and are experienced in advising on the on-going management of this relationship.  We understand the practicalities and the priorities and can help every step of the way.

We advise numerous foundations that have been set up by blue chip corporates including Asda, Vodafone, Goldman Sachs, Diageo, Nike and Estée Lauder.  We can draw on our unrivalled charity expertise to advise on all the issues you might encounter in carrying out your charitable work from governance issues, drafting and negotiating your grant and sub-grant agreements to making social investments.

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