Over the last three years, our trustees have combined a commitment to good governance, innovation, strong strategic planning, DEI, continuous improvement and hands-on personal engagement to forge a powerful new charity that has quickly established itself as an important player in a key sector, delivering impressive and measurable impact.
From the outset, trustees recognised that the way in which the Foundation operates and organises itself is as important as what it does and the causes we support. The Foundation’s board of trustees is diverse by design. Particularly innovative is the inclusion of trustees directly from CareTech plc’s frontline staff. The Overall Winner of CareTech plc’s staff awards is invited to become a trustee. Their experience of working in the care sector provides invaluable insights critical to decision-making, as well as how best to leverage staff members’ expertise in support of funded programmes.
To make its efforts to improve diversity transparent and measurable, the Foundation became one of the first foundations in the UK to publish a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement, setting out its commitments in line with the Association of Charitable Foundations’ report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Building on their strong commitment to continuous improvement, trustees have been early adopters of:
- the Charity Code of Governance;
- the Charity Commission’s Guidance for Charities with connections to non-charities;
- the ACF’s Stronger Foundations Framework;
- the London Funders’ COVID-19 Commitments; and,
- IVAR’s Open & Trusting Grant-Makers Commitments.
As the leading corporate foundation in the social care sector, with the onset of COVID-19 trustees quickly recognised their weighty moral duty to do everything in their power to support our charitable partners and, crucially, the millions of individuals working in and supported by the social care sector. Their response to the pandemic demonstrated the strength of the Foundation and its agility to respond to this unprecedented challenge. From supporting Partnership Grant charities to maintain their services, to quadrupling of the funds for the Hardship Fund for individuals in need, to supporting a powerful set of new initiatives directly responding to the crisis, the Foundation came in to its own.
Recognising the lack of public recognition of the contribution of the social care sector, trustees not only agreed to become a Founder Patron of the new cross-sector Championing Social Care initiative but also offered to act as its charitable host.
Our trustees work closely and productively with the staff team, providing supportive challenge and hands-on engagement in its work well beyond their core governance role. They regularly meet with partners and stakeholders, speak at events, champion the Foundation publicly, identify new opportunities and provide expert advice to the staff team.
Please join us in congratulating our trustees on this incredible achievement. We are excited by what the future holds for us.