The Fore launched in March 2017 to open up access to funding and professional expertise for exceptional small charities and social enterprises. During its first year of operation, The Fore experienced extraordinary demand for its style of funding. It also received extremely positive feedback from both successful and unsuccessful applicants as well as corporate partners and other stakeholders.
The Fore funding process is based on the model piloted by the Bulldog Trust and the Golden Bottle Trust from 2012-2016. The scheme experienced exceptional demand from charities for this style of funding and from funders for the strong pipeline of small organisations it created. It also achieved impressive results.
Street Doctors recruits volunteer medical students to teach at-risk young people and young offenders how to survive traumatic injuries, while also radically changing their attitudes about carrying weapons. To find out more about their work and how we have supported them, click here.
Shivia enables low-income families in West Bengal to establish new enterprises, lifting them and their communities out of poverty. To find out more about their work how we have supported them, click here.
Action Tutoring provides free English and Maths tuition to disadvantaged, inner-city children on the D/E grade boundary as they prepare for their GCSEs. To find out more about their work and how we have supported them, click here.
North London Cares enables young professionals to volunteer spending time with isolated older people in their communities, helping both groups overcome feelings of loneliness. To find out more about their work and how we have supported them, click here.
“My business mentor asked me not to thank him because he gets so much pleasure from supporting and advising us — he said the feeling he gets from our conversations is like electricity.”
Sharla Duncan, Founder of Team Up
“The Engaging Experience network worked fantastically for me. At our initial meeting my twin interests in the arts and young people were soon identified and I was quickly matched with The Big House Theatre Company, a new and wonderful charity that uses drama to help disadvantaged care leavers realise their full potential. This has been a perfect and rewarding match, I can’t recommend it too highly.”
Tim Wright, trustee of the Big House Theatre Company and former Chief of Staff for London Stock Exchange Group.
“The lessons and insights gained from my philanthropic work have provided a very welcome foil to the high-powered, rarefied world of finance. Seeing mentored kids achieve great results or watching communities increase their income from monies I have helped to provide or from inspiration I have been able to give, is beyond belief.”
Tutu Agyare, Managing Partner and CIO at Nubuke Investments LLP and former Head of EMEA for UBS
“It’s been wonderful to realise how my experience and common sense approach has benefited an organisation in an area completely new to me.”
Ann Humphries, former Executive Board Member of John Lewis and mentor to innovative adult literacy charity, Read Easy UK
“As a grantee we have found the relationship with the funder to be one of total support and trust and feel part of a family.”
Marnie Rose, CEO and Founder of The Garden Classroom
“You seem to be one of the few organisations that understand… recognising that charities starting off need dedicated strategic support to get them to a place that is not only sustainable but puts them in a place where their infrastructure is strong enough to compete for larger bids.”
Bob Bharij, Foundation for Change
“I have not come across any other funder in my 14 years of fundraising who gives feedback for failed applicants. Most are not keen at all to speak to you when you have been declined. I believe that that this is both hugely useful for applicants for their own development and also for funders. Please keep this up!”
Stella Brown, Deptford Reach
“I really love it when you consult the charities you serve. This is commendable, especially at a time when a number of donors seem to have lost direction by coming up with lots of jargon that makes it extremely difficult for smaller charities to get funding.”
Collin Nyabadza, Collin Nyabadza Children’s Voice Charitable Trust
“The Fore is a pioneering initiative with the bold ambition of challenging the status quo. I know from my own experience in government that the system favours established players. This means the charities with the biggest marketing budgets and the best networkers have an inbuilt advantage. The Fore aims to level the playing field for high quality early stage charities and social enterprises. That is no doubt a big ambition, but one I am really excited to help make a reality.”
Rupert Harrison CBE, Chair of The Fore
“This innovative grants model is particularly valuable for smaller organisations, which rarely receive unrestricted development funding and strategic advice. Both are needed to increase mobility within the sector – support such as this is absolutely vital if they [smaller charities and social enterprises] are to reach their full potential.”
Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, NCVO
“As one of the largest social investors in the UK, the current failure to nurture the pipeline of high quality social impact organisations is a real risk to the future of social investment. The need for more intelligent, targeted funding and advice to develop innovative early-stage organisations is urgent.
The Fore’s thoughtful blend of bespoke support addresses the need to build confidence alongside capacity and has no barriers to access, connecting even the most isolated projects with the highest quality business champions. It is just what is needed. ”
Jonathan Jenkins, Chief Executive, Social Investment Business
“The charity sector is the life blood of our society: it supports those in need, bridges divisions and drives social change. By harnessing business support for small charities, the Fore Trust is a crucial initiative for strengthening our charity sector and equipping it for the future.”
Frank Field MP