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The First Seven Years – Part 3

By |2015-06-03T11:18:00+00:00June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

As part of our review of our first seven years, we have looked at recent research on how to help life outcomes for young people from poorer homes. We have mapped our grants against the latest recommendations, showing that the money we have given has gone to the right kinds of projects. We now turn to [...]

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The first seven years – part 2

By |2015-04-14T09:23:11+00:00April 14th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

In our previous blog, we highlighted several findings from the research undertaken in recent years: Self confidence matters and our young people seem to be lacking the self-esteem which generates self confidence. We should expect more of all our young people and make them believe that they can achieve more at school and in life. Middle [...]

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Our first seven years – taking stock

By |2018-05-11T12:42:32+00:00March 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Progress Foundation has now been in existence for 7 years and we have given or committed grants of nearly £1 million. This seems like a good time to reflect on whether we have achieved what we set out to do – help young people reconnect with society. We have been working on some metrics which [...]

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The Winch – a case study in success

By |2015-03-05T20:46:09+00:00January 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

      Nearly four years ago, two PF trustees sat down with Paul Perkins, the articulate and thoughtful chief executive of the Winch, an inspirational youth centre in Swiss Cottage, Camden. There was no agenda – we were simply exploring whether there were any areas Paul was thinking about which might be of interest to [...]

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Guest blog from Connection at St Martin

By |2014-09-26T06:05:53+00:00July 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

One of the first recipients of our grant programme was Connection at St Martin, a charity which works with homeless people in Central London.  As our three year grant cycle to them has just come to an end, we asked them to summarise the impact of our grant in a guest blog.  Pip Hobby writes as [...]

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What makes for a successful application

By |2015-03-05T20:46:18+00:00February 4th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We receive many applications, some of which are very well put together and which make us want to learn more.  Others are much less likely to attract a positive response so here are some pointers:   Do look at our funding criteria.  These are clearly set out on this website and charities which have not looked [...]

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Supporting enterprise – we make our first loan

By |2015-03-05T20:46:28+00:00January 19th, 2013|Categories: Enterprise|Tags: , , , , , |

The death of Aaron Swartz on 11 January 2013 has raised public awareness of the issue of access to academic publishing.  Swartz, the internet entrepreneur behind Reddit, followed the Gates/Zuckerberg path of dropping out of a prestige university to found an internet company which then made him millions. After selling Reddit, Swartz started campaigning for freedom [...]

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Can arts organisations measure outcomes?

By |2015-03-05T20:46:32+00:00October 25th, 2012|Categories: Measuring outcomes|Tags: , , , , , |

We are interested in helping young people to make a valuable contribution to society and one way to help them achieve this is by helping them into the world of work. We are always challenging the charities we work with to demonstrate that they are making a real difference to young people’s lives and prospects.  We [...]

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Projects

By |2019-03-16T16:30:16+00:00September 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This page shows some of the many projects and organisations we have supported over recent years.  More details can be found in our annual reports - the latest is available here and earlier years' accounts are available via the Charities Commission [...]

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Applying

By |2019-04-30T16:22:39+00:00September 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Each year we are able to award programme grants of about £150,000. We do not exceed grants of £25,000 and do not often give grants of this maximum amount.  We do not donate to the same project for more than 3 years. This means we can support up to 5 new projects or organisations each year [...]

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