The Wesleyan Foundation was founded in June 2017 and formalises the work that we were already doing with charitable organisations across the UK.
We knew when we set up the Foundation that we would need help to run it. While we are experts in financial services and have an experienced Corporate Responsibility Manager, we don’t have the capacity or expertise to manage the huge amount of administration and due diligence that comes with running a grant giving body of the size and scale of the Wesleyan Foundation.
Meeting Tina Costello, Chief Executive of the Heart of England Community Foundation provided the solution we needed. The Heart of England Community Foundation have been on-hand since the beginning to advise and guide us through the whole process. We can fully rely on them to manage the distribution of funds in the right way which means we know that our Foundation is being expertly managed and the money is going to the people and causes that will benefit most from it.
They also enable us to support great causes across the UK through their network of sister foundations ensuring we can be more reflective of our customer base.
We are proud to have pledged £1m in just over one year to causes as varied as youth homelessness to mobile dental units. Our focus is on supporting projects with a focus on health and wellbeing, education, innovation and social development.
Heart of England Community Foundation have helped us identify some exceptional projects in these areas and our support has made a huge difference helping local people to meet local needs.
Director of HR & Corporate Services