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The KPMG Foundation

The KPMG Foundation

The KPMG Foundation supports the most deprived children in the UK to maximise their potential.


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Unlocking potential through early intervention

The KPMG Foundation has been supporting the most deprived children in the UK since 2001, giving over £10 million to 68 charitable projects.

The programmes supported by the Foundation have clear systemic objectives to improve outcomes and reduce long term costs to the public purse. They aim to ensure our most vulnerable children and young people can achieve their maximum potential and lead fulfilling lives.

The Trustees apply their expertise to improve outcomes in the following areas:

Care of the most disadvantaged children and young people, in particular those: 

  • on the edge of care;
  • in care; and 
  • leaving care.

Unlocking the potential of the most disadvantaged children and young people in particular to improve: 

  • literacy and numeracy; 
  • life skills; and
  • life chances. 

Outcomes for looked after children in the UK are poor. Academically they underperform and are over represented as teenage parents, in the criminal justice system and as unemployed. There is a wealth of effective local, national and international practice showing that early intervention, applied well, is cost effective and has the most chance of success.

Our Trustees are committed to doing the best they can to improve outcomes for these vulnerable young people.

An overview of some of the programmes supported are:

  • Enabling Enterprise – ‘Developing Enterprise Skills in Manchester and the North West’: Enabling Enterprise delivers a curriculum of eight enterprise skills including teamwork, problem solving, listening, creativity, leadership, aiming high, staying positive and presenting. For each of these skills, progress can be tracked from primary school right through to secondary school. 
  • Family Rights Group ‘Lifelong Links’ – working across seven local authorities in England and Scotland to secure adults who will commit to a lifelong relationship with a child who is in care. The programme aims to demonstrate that constructive and supportive relationships can improve the experience of care for each child and also provide a valuable support network for young people when they leave care;
  • UCL Institute of Education - ‘Social Pedagogy Professional Association’ – establishing a Qualifications framework for social pedagogy in the UK. Social Pedagogy provides a theoretical and practical framework for working with young people that is common in continental Europe and becoming established in the UK.
  • Barnardo’s ‘Reach Out’ – Developing an independent, multi-disciplinary early intervention and outreach service in Rotherham to reduce the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation.
  • Future First ‘Building Sustainable Alumni Communities – Building sustainable and thriving alumni communities in disadvantaged state schools, which improves students’ motivation, confidence and life chances.

Key impact report

The KPMG Foundation Impact Report - Identifying the key impact of some of the Foundation’s work, including Every Child a Reader, and Every Child Counts.

You can also follow these external links to read reports we supported, and produced by the Every Child a Chance Trust, analysing the long term costs of illiteracy and numeracy difficulties.

The KPMG Foundation pro-actively seeks projects to support and does not accept any unsolicited applications. 

To find out more about the KPMG Foundation Trustees please follow this link.

For more information on the KPMG Foundation, please contact: Director - Jo Clunie

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