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About OVO Foundation

At OVO Energy we’re passionate about giving young people across the world a brighter future. Through OVO Foundation we support inspiring organisations with smart ideas, launch pioneering projects and volunteer for 1,000s of hours each year in our local communities. Not as a ‘tickbox’ exercise. Or to make ourselves look good. But because we genuinely care about making a difference. 

 

What we support

We strive to create lasting change in the following three areas:

Make a donation and we'll double it

When OVO customers make a monthly donation, we match that amount - doubling our power to make positive changes. We also cover all administration and staff costs, so 100% of your donation goes straight to our amazing projects.
 

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We're OVO Foundation

And here's some of the work we're proud of...

Our current projects

Increasing energy access in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

We’ve given a £100,000 grant to help Cool Earth bring sustainable energy to the DRC. Innovative projects - like building energy efficient stoves - are having amazing impacts. Families trained to use the stoves now use 50% less firewood and have time to seek educational opportunities and build businesses, rather than spend hours collecting wood.

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Taking a radical new approach to youth homelessness

Our ‘Future Builders’ scheme offers young people a secure pathway out of homelessness - by giving them the chance to refurbish homes that they’ll actually live in. Plus, the opportunity to access an apprenticeship. At the end of this incredible journey, each apprentice will have the skills to find a job that gives them true independence.

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Inspiring local children through skill-sharing

OVO staff really care about helping kids develop new skills. We partner with primary schools in deprived areas to run mentoring schemes - and give up our Saturdays to bring the magic of coding to life through workshops in our offices.

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Giving £100,000 to our communities

Our ‘OVO Gives Back’ scheme supports four local charities with 1,000s of hours of volunteering time, plus grants totalling £100,000. These grants are being used to refurbish a day centre for young homeless people, support a mentoring scheme, fund outdoor learning opportunities and protect Bristol’s woodlands. 

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We've done all this so far

Who's who?

Stephen Fitzpatrick - Trustee
OVO Founder, firm believer in fairness and simplicity
Samuel Kasumu - Trustee
Founder of Elevation Networks, and champion of equality in education
Matthew Owen – Trustee
Rainforest conservation pioneer, co-founder of Cool Earth
Gaby Sethi – OVO Foundation Manager
Researcher, adventurer, human rights specialist
Kat Gulyas - Communications & Fundraising Executive
Co-ordinator, ambassador and our contact for charity partners.
65,084 customers
Including you? By donating each month, you become part of it

See our work in action

Thanks to our customers, we’ve achieved great things

The OVO Charitable Foundation ('OVO Foundation')
Company registration number: 08908420
Charity registration number: 1155954
1 Rivergate, Temple Quay, Bristol, United Kingdom, BS1 6ED