AKO Give Back Initiative
Staff then decides on the grant recipients – a committee of staff members selects a short list of charitable projects and all staff vote on the allocation of a pool of approximately £100,000 funds across these shortlisted charities. The objective is to encourage philanthropic involvement by all staff at AKO Capital as well as developing leadership skills within the organisation.
Since its inception grants of £460,000 have been made by the Foundation under this initiative and in 2017 the largest grants were to the following recipients:
- OnSide Youth Zones – a grant to be used in their flagship employability programme – Get a Job, which has been operating since 2014. The programme targets young people aged 16-24 who are (or are at risk of becoming) not in employment, education or training. It provides training and support to equip them with the skills required to find and sustain employment.
- Lively Minds – a UK charity committed to improving the quality of life for deprived children and their families in rural Ghana and Uganda through creative early childhood development programmes run by the communities themselves.
- Book Clubs in Schools – a not for profit Community Interest Company that runs book clubs in schools. The grant will be used in the set up and running of book clubs in a further 12 disadvantaged schools and to refine their website.
- Mussai Lab – Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumour of childhood and Dr. Mussai’s team at the University of Birmingham is working on what could be a truly ground breaking, and lifesaving, treatment for this childhood cancer.
- National Youth Arts Trust – a grant towards their work providing access to the performing arts for young people from non-privileged backgrounds.