Funding sources, Fundraising

Fundraising Friday - Part 5 of The Guide to Major Trusts: funders in focus

In the run-up to the new edition of The Guide to Major Trusts being published in September, we will be sharing some samples of the funders in the guide every #fundraisingfriday through August to give you an idea of what to expect. The guide contains 1,000 of the largest funders in the UK and provides deeper insight into the activities of the funders than our other publications.

The Jane Hodge Foundation


Medical care and research; education; religion; social welfare


UK and overseas

£273,600 (2019/20)


Charity Commission no:216053

Correspondent: The Foundation Administrator, One Central Square, Cardiff CF10 1FS (tel: 029 2078 7674; email: [email protected])

Trustees: Ian Davies; Jonathan Hodge; Karen Hodge; Helen Molyneux.


General information

The foundation was established in 1962 by Sir Julian Hodge, an entrepreneur and banker in commemoration of his mother, Jane. It derives its income from businesses controlled or managed by the Hodge Family.

The foundation makes grants to UK-registered or exempt charities in the UK and overseas. According to its website, the foundation has donated over £16 million to worthwhile causes over the past six years.

Areas of work

The foundation supports work in four main areas, details of which have been taken from the foundation’s website:

Welfare – The Foundation supports charities working with people who may be vulnerable or disadvantaged and who need assistance to improve their lives. This includes a variety of causes and groups including the elderly, homeless, disabled, special needs and those with mental health issues.

Education – Importance is placed on support for education and learning, both within formal school settings and practical approaches to learning which support young people to fulfil their potential and thrive including those with special needs. The Foundation continues to support arts projects for education that encourage and inspire audiences across the UK and bring a range of benefits to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Medical – The Foundation supports medical related charities specialising in the treatment and support for specific illnesses and research. The main focus has been on local hospices, children’s care and university-based research in the fields of cancer and mental health.

Religion – The Foundation supports communities by providing funds towards projects such as facilities in church buildings and inclusive activities for the wider community.

Financial information:

Year end31/09/2020
Grants to organisations£273,600
No. of grants54


Beneficiaries included: Cardiff Business School; Cardiff University; St Fagans National Museum of History; Swansea University; The Aloud Charity; The Prince’s Trust Cymru; Welsh National Opera.


Applications can be made via email. Full details of what should be included in the application can be found on the foundation’s website. Applications sent by post not will not be accepted.

Sources of information

Accounts; annual report; Charity Commission record; funder’s website.


KFC Foundation


Children and young people (11 to 25 years old)




£582,900 (2019/20)


OSCR no: 1163560

Correspondent: The Trustees, Orion Gate, Guilford Road, Woking GU22 7NJ (email: a contact form is available on the foundation’s website).

Trustees: Akram Khan; Neil Morrison; Simon Coates; Paula McKenzie; Nichola Newman; James Fletcher.


General information

The foundation provides grants to grassroots organisations that support young people in the UK to fulfil their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring and work or social skills. The foundation is focused on supporting young people in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).

The foundation has previously supported charities through partnerships with regional charities. However, these partnerships were concluded in May 2020 in order to move to a more locally focused community grants programme.

Community grants

The KFC Foundation provides grants to support grassroots organisations in the heart of its restaurants’ communities. Grants of up to £2,000 are made to registered charities, registered CICs, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities with a turnover of less than £300,000.

The following information has been taken from the foundation’s website:

The KFC Foundation welcomes funding applications from organisations which:

  • Benefit young people aged 11–25 years old.
  • Supports those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
  • Empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.
  • Are local to a KFC restaurant?
  • Will demonstrate positive results from their project within 12 months of our funding being received

Financial information

Year end27/12/2020
Grants to organisations£582,900


Beneficiaries included: Comic Relief (£459,400); Young People First (£6,000); Childhood Trust, Include Youth and Positive Futures (£5,000 each).


According to the foundation’s FAQs document, the following will not be funded:

  • General fundraising
  • Sponsorship appeals
  • Political campaigns
  • Promotion of religion
  • Overseas travel
  • Curricular activities occurring during the school day
  • Research
  • Loan repayments
  • Vehicle purchase
  • Medical equipment
  • Major capital projects
  • Work that fails to demonstrate a long-term impact or support
  • Projects focusing on one-off events
  • Generic youth work activities (i.e. work not tailored towards the foundation’s priority groups)


Apply via the foundation’s website.

Sources of information

Accounts; annual report; Charity Commission record; guidelines for applicants; funder’s website.


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