We set up OVO Foundation in 2014 to expand OVO Energy’s charitable giving and bring caring closer to home.
It’s a big world – and there are many brilliant projects and partners out there – so we are focusing on 3 key areas that really resonate with everyone at OVO Energy. The plan is to tackle issues that are right on our doorstep as well as bigger global concerns, concentrating on projects that focus on education, youth poverty and energy and the environment.
Want more detail? Let’s take a closer look at OVO Foundation’s key focus areas:
OVO Foundation is keen to support local projects that open pathways for children from underprivileged or underrepresented backgrounds, and help them discover their true talent and unlock their potential. By providing young people with the confidence, skills and knowledge, we hope to inspire them to become great leaders.
The team at OVO Foundation looks for charity partners that support young people and, know that education, support and mentoring at a critical time in a young person’s life can help turn things around before they reach crisis point.
OVO Foundation supports charities who’re developing innovative ways to lift young people out of poverty and help those who’ve experienced homelessness find their feet. For us, it’s about turning poverty into potential, giving a leg up, a confidence boost and the skills to eventually live and work independently.
Homelessness is all too often born out of youth poverty – and there are many stages where positive intervention can help stop a young person from ending up on the streets. As well as partners who’re focused on reducing homelessness and youth poverty, we look for partners who work with young people who’ve spent time sofa surfing or on the streets, equipping them with the skills to access employment opportunities and get their lives back on track.
OVO Foundation’s third focus is one that affects us all – the environment around us. It’s about improving our local environment – and making a difference to the bigger picture too. By protecting local green areas and neighbourhood spaces, and rejuvenating parks, community areas and green belts, we reduce our environmental impact whilst providing great places for people to meet, learn and play.
However, our energy and the environment focus goes far beyond our own backyard. Globally speaking, work has already begun in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where we’re funding on-the-ground research to lift people out of energy poverty – read more on the blog.
We’re also commissioning research to identify ways to increase people’s access to renewable energy in other developing countries – we’re particularly interested in identifying where and how energy access can have the biggest impact on people’s lives, so we know where to focus our funds and efforts in the future.
Yes. The OVO Charitable Foundation (“OVO Foundation”) is a registered charity – its charity registration number is 1155954. Though our Foundation is an extension of our beliefs and values, it is independent and regulated by the Charity Commission. Find out more about what it means to be a registered charity on the Charity Commission website.