Unique in the UK, The Fore offers business partners the chance to meet and support a highly-vetted pipeline of the best early-stage non-profits and connect their staff with exciting frontline opportunities to improve society.
Our revolutionary, open-access funding model identifies the projects with the most compelling ideas, the strongest management and for whom support will create transformational impact and gives our partners the chance to decide which to fund and how their employees can provide skills and expertise.
Andy Cook, Chief Executive, The Centre for Social Justice: “The Fore is the first wide-scale funder in the UK that genuinely understands the challenges small charities and social enterprises face and is fighting to remove the current barriers to access and opportunity. If we are to succeed in tackling disadvantage and making sure no community gets left behind, more funding must be offered like this.”
We make it easy and we make it fun
Low Risk >
Our thorough due diligence process removes the usual risk in supporting early-stage projects.
Our portfolio of 90+ dynamic early-stage charities and social enterprises means every business has access to something different.
Cost Effective >
Our founding funders believe in our model so strongly they have pledged over £1m in operating costs so 100% of donations go to the charities selected for support.
Exciting for Employees >
Nominated staff are invited to tri-annual “dragons’ den” style funding panels where outstanding early-stage non-profits are pitched for support while bespoke matchmaking connects employees with exciting trustee, mentoring or advisory roles.
David Blair, Global CEO of FITCH: “I didn’t think I’d have time to do more than attend a panel meeting but I was so impressed by the quality and the ambition of the charities and social enterprises presented that I had to find out more. After providing some initial mentoring, I’ve now a proud board member of The Onion Collective, an amazing civic regeneration project in Somerset.”
Pauline Roteta, Vice President and member of the Global Infrastructure Solutions Team at BlackRock: “I expected the experience to be exciting – but it has been more than that; it has been moving. The funding panels and events have been excellent to get to know the most promising UK non-profits. Most of all I’ve enjoyed working with Joel from Tutors United who is one of the most impressive entrepreneurs in London.”
As a Business:
To become a partner of The Fore, businesses are required to make a donation – 100% of this donation goes to our funded charities.
We invite all our business partners to nominate a select number of their experienced staff to become Members of The Fore. Nominated staff need a minimum of five years of professional experience so they can provide knowledgeable support to our selected charities but most have more.
As an Employee:
Being a Member of The Fore can range from taking as little as a few hours a year, to taking on a trusteeship. We get to know our Members through events and “dragons’ den” style funding panels. Then, schedules allowing, we individually match Members with the causes they care about for mentoring, advisory support or non-exec board roles.
Details of the three different stages of the funding process where Members are invited to share skills are provide below: