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The well-being of our colleagues, families and communities is at the heart of the Scott Bader Commonwealth ethos. Each year a donation is given to Scott Bader Commonwealth for them to support charitable activities and projects around the world. Below are descriptions of the funds and some of the charities that have been supported.

To ensure social impact stays at the forefront of every conversation and decision, all of our global sites have Commonwealth Coordinators who regularly meet to discuss their community issues and activities, share best practice and encourage colleagues around the world to engage with their local communities.

Charitable giving

Thank you message for Scott Bader's charity work.

Every year, a minimum of 5% of Scott Bader’s operating profit is given to the Commonwealth to be donated to charitable activities and projects around the world, structured in the following ways:

Centenary Fund

This fund was introduced as a one off to recognise our Centenary year. We invited charities to apply for £25,000 to support four community based environmental/educational projects that benefit young/disadvantaged people and address a significant social need where they are situated.

  • Hands Off Foundation – The Charity is based in Melbourne, Australia and assists survivors of sexual assault and family violence. The £25,000 will provide “new start in life” care packs which include cleaning items, kitchen items, personal hygiene products and blankets to enable the survivors to start a new life.
  • The Mud House Childrens Foundation – The Charity is based in Northern Tanzania that aims to improve the health, education, and life chances of Maasai children and their families. The £25,000 will be used to build a bore hole and well on an identified site to provide fresh and clean water to a remote community.
  • Carers Worldwide – The Charity addresses the social, mental, physical, and economic needs of family carers across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. The £25,000 will be used to conduct needs assessments of 150 unpaid family carers and deliver training and support to empower 75 of those carers to set up enterprises that generate sustainable income.
  • The Karen Hilltribes Trust – The Charity partner with Karen communities in Northern Thailand to create sustainable solutions to improve community health, secure livelihoods and increase access to education. The £25,000 will be used to construct a gravity-fed clean water system and provide sanitation units for all households enabling safe access to water and sanitation services, the project would take place over 12 months.

Glocal Strategy Fund

A ‘think globally, act locally’ approach where each site receives an allocation based on the number of colleagues to enable them to support local projects that address social and environmental issues.

During 2022 circa 100 projects have been supported in 25 different countries. Below are some of the grants that have been awarded.

  • Childrens Hospital Pyjamas – This grant was used to purchase pyjamas for disadvantaged/poorly children in hospital.
  • The Vayyu Foundation – This grant was used to support clean ups of rivers throughout Northamptonshire.
  • Christel House SA – This grant was used to support school uniforms and school meals programmes.
  • Relais Social – This grant was used to organise an event for those who are vulnerable and isolated to spend time with others in the community.
  • MAAN Education and Health Development Organisation – This granny was used to provide emergency assistance to those who had been affected by flooding in Pakistan.
  • Association Firefly – This association works directly with children and young people in treatment of malignant diseases and their families, the grant will assist by improving employee capacity and co-financing professional development and education.
  • Nadace Jedlickova – This grant was used to support the running of three specifically designed minibuses for children with disabilities.
  • JET Australia Foundation – This grant was used to support the running of two youth centres in Perth.
  • La Tablee Populaire – This grant was used to provide disadvantaged people with food, shelter and activities.
  • Shanghai Charity Foundation – This funding will be used to provide activities for young people with Autism.

Commonwealth Community Hardship Fund

This fund was introduced in 2020 and closed in 2022 and was introduced to support charities through Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Action in Africa£1,300 – To help provide critical equipment such as sanitisers, soaps and masks as well as a radio campaign to educate listeners on COVID-19 in Nyaishozi, in the Kagera district of Tanzania.
  • African Children’s Fund£1,000 – To support the poorest families in the Thika Community, Kenya with care packages including food and sanitary supplies.
  • Aid Africa£2,607 – To purchase of 7.5 tonnes of maize to provide food for around 100 vulnerable families in Malawi.
  • Changing Life Organisation£1,000 – To fund awareness campaigns to educate surrounding communities in Georgedale and Hammarsdale South Africa on the symptoms and preventative measures to be taken for COVID-19.
  • Concern Worldwide£3,859 – To help build long-term socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the Central African Republic, reaching a total of 1,700 individuals through cash for work activities.
  • Daylight Centre Fellowship£3,000 – To support the Northamptonshire Emergency Food Aid project in response to COVID-19. The meals cost £1 per day, meaning this funding will provide 3000 meals to people in need.
  • Edukaid, £5,058 – To provide materials for the construction of six permanent hand-washing stations in schools in Tanzania.
  • Family Support Link£4,925.52 – To provide a support nurse for 7.5 hours a week to help support families who have a loved one with alcohol and drug issues.
  • Feeding America, £7,495 – To help with the rising need for food assistance due to unemployment because of COVID-19, working with food banks, soup kitchens and churches to deliver food to areas most in need.
  • Frank Water Projects£10,000 – To go towards providing sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene education for communities in India.
  • Hope For Justice£4,374 – This project, based in Uganda, specifically works with female sex trafficking victims offering a 12-week rehabilitation programme before being reintegrated into their families or alternative care arrangements.
  • Karen Hilltribes Trust£5,250 – To provide school meals for marginalised children in Northern Thailand.
  • Kids Out£5,605 – To provide a minimum of 92 Christmas toy boxes and 77 supermarket vouchers for victims of domestic violence entering women’s refuges in Northamptonshire and surrounding counties.
  • Livingstone Tanzania Trust£5,000 – To go towards a water, sanitation and hygiene project at a school in the Babati District, Tanzania. This will create a healthier school environment for 1,000 children.
  • Makhad Trust, £3,900 – To fund the installation of solar powered well pumps in high mountainous areas of Egypt to replace the use of expensive petrol driven pumps.
  • Phoenix Foundation£4,000 – To help care and support homeless people get clean of addiction and address their mental health issues in order to get back to mainstream society.
  • Practical Tools Initiative, £4,000 – To help ship and distribute mobility aids, skills training tools and support of food items in Sierra Leone to help 300 of the most disabled vulnerable families in order to prevent children from having to scavenge for food.
  • Rushden Mind£4,000 – To help with the implementation costs of the Speak Up project which aims to act as an early intervention service for young people up to the age of 18 to address the risks associated with mental health problems.
  • Taste£5,000 – To go towards improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene which will improve the quality of life for 350 households in the Angwan Mission Community, Plateau State, Nigeria.
  • Thanda UK£4,000 – To help distribute food parcels on the South Coast of Kwazulu-Natal.
  • Trust for the rehabilitation of the paralysed£2,000 – To support vulnerable and disabled people in Bangladesh who need support due to COVID-19.
  • Wollaston School£9,510 – To help provide disadvantaged students to have access to the required technology when the need arises for self-isolation due to COVID-19.

Honorary Life President’s Fund

A £7,500 fund that is awarded to charities chosen by Godric Bader, our founder Ernest’s son

  • Bolivian Quaker Education Fund
  • British Pugwash Group
  • Daylight Centre Fellowship
  • Peace Child International
  • Positive News Trust
  • Quaker Homeless Action
  • Quaker Peace and Social Witness
  • The Ghandi Foundation
  • Wollaston Heritage Society