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ICAEW working in partnership with the Community Foundation: The ICAEW Social Mobility Fund

ICAEW works in partnership with the Community Foundation. As philanthropy adviser and facilitator, the Community Foundation operates through a 46 strong organisational network across the UK, connecting donors with local voluntary and community groups, and is in the top 5 of UK grant givers; during 2016 distributing and managing £71m.

Milton Keynes Community FoundationICAEW is connected to the Community Foundation through its Milton Keynes team. The Milton Keynes Community Foundation (MKCF) is a registered and quality assured charity, and is one of the largest foundations in the network. With 31 years of experience, strong governance and with a diverse and knowledgeable team, MKCF is flexible in the way they work; understanding and meeting the needs of their funders and grant recipients. 

As part of our work together, the ICAEW Social Mobility Fund has recently been launched. The £100,000 fund objective is to support projects which improve social mobility in the black communities; providing support and inspiration to those with aspiration and ability but are disadvantaged.

Initiatives will include life skills development, an understanding of the opportunities afforded by further education including professional qualifications such as those provided by ICAEW and, crucially, peer group learning, feedback and inspiration to the following generations. The funding will also be used to support stepping-stone projects that will work towards building confidence and raising aspirations.

Could you be a mentor?

We’re looking for ICAEW members, with a similar background to the individuals being supported, to volunteer as mentors as part of the programme. If you are interested in getting involved, please email matthew.downton@icaew.com.

Pic of Nick Parker (President ICAEW), Fidele Mutwarasibo (Vice President MK Community Foundation), Ian Revell (MK Community Foundation Chief Executive)

Photo (from left to right): Nick Parker, ICAEW 2018 president, Fidele Mutwarasibo, Vice President MK Community Foundation, Ian Revell, MK Community Foundation Chief Executive.