If you’ve been with OVO for a while, you might know that we’ve supported rainforest preservation charity Cool Earth since 2010. Working together, OVO Energy and Cool Earth have protected a huge 100,000 acres of rainforest – you can see what else we’ve achieved in the ‘OVO and Cool Earth - a 5 year roundup’ blog.
However, as OVO has grown, so have our charitable ambitions. In 2014 we decided to establish our own charity, OVO Foundation. The plan is to expand OVO Energy’s charitable giving and bring caring closer to home. You can read all about it in the What is OVO Foundation question.
With so many brilliant projects and partners out there, it can be hard to choose who to help first. To help us focus, we’ve identified 3 key areas that really resonate with everyone at OVO Energy: education, youth poverty, energy and the environment.
To narrow things down further, we then research key issues in each area, as OVO Foundation Manager Gaby Sethi explains:
"Our approach to providing grants is different to many other charitable foundations. We're innately curious, so we want to understand the root causes of the problem before we decide what or where we should fund. This approach means that we research important issues so we can work out where the funding gaps are and identify projects where we can have the biggest impact on people's lives."
At the moment, we’re working with Cool Earth on a project to tackle energy poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo – and there are other exciting plans in the pipeline. We also recently commissioned research into the causes of youth homelessness in the UK, and will be acting on this insight in the future.
OVO Gives Back charities
As well as project-by-project partnerships, OVO Foundation also fund and runs an annual programme called OVO Gives Back. It’s powered by OVO Energy’s employees. Each year, they choose 4 local charities to support through volunteering and with grants from OVO Foundation’s £100,000 ‘Community Chest’.
In 2016/17, we’re supporting:
With lambs, piglets and goat kids, the Farm is a great family day out. But it also supports vulnerable adults, disadvantaged young people and children growing up in the city.
1625 Independent People supports over 1800 local children and young adults who face or experienced the devastating effects of homelessness.
This Bristol-based charity works to safeguard, enhance and maximise the benefits of local trees and woodlands.
Depaul’s mission is to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it.