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What is OVO Foundation?

OVO Foundation is our charity. It exists to make a difference in 3 important areas: education, youth poverty, and access to energy.

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. 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 access to energy. 

Want more detail? Let’s take a closer look at OVO Foundation’s key focus areas:

Education

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. 

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. The team at OVO also runs monthly coding clubs at our offices and mentors in primary and secondary schools to help children reach their full potential.

Youth poverty

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 funding partners who’re focused on reducing homelessness and youth poverty, we've launched our own pioneering project called Future Builders. It's a radical new approach to youth homelessness where we support young people to renovate derelict Council houses they will actually live in while giving them the training and support they need to gain an apprenticeship or full-time work.

Access to energy

OVO Foundation views energy as one of life’s essentials and is passionate about supporting projects that provide people with access to reliable, renewable and sustainable energy. Last year, OVO Foundation successfully funded a Cool Earth project to introduce energy efficient stoves to communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which resulted in 50 per cent reduction in firewood use.

This year OVO Foundation has partnered with Energy 4 Impact, a non-profit organisation working to extend access to energy in Africa, to launch a pioneering new project to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in schools and health clinics in Kenya. The  groundbreaking new project works in two of the least developed counties in Kenya, Turkana and Kilifi, to install at least twenty solar PV systems in schools and health clinics that currently lack adequate electricity supply. The selected institutions in these two counties are among the least likely to be connected to the grid, and therefore decentralised off grid projects are the solution to introducing local people to electricity supplies.

 

Is OVO Foundation a registered charity?

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.
 

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