Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Royal Foundation of The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 
(Charity #: 1132048) 

The Royal Foundation was founded in 2009 by Prince William & Prince Harry. But did not have its first full year of operation until 2011. Duchess Kate was added as a Patron in 2011. But the official name change wasn't until the following year. Duchess Meghan was added in 2018. In 2019, Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan split off and formed their own foundation, SussexRoyal. 

  • The Royal Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry 
    • (2009-2012)
  • The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
    • (2012-2018)
  • The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
    • (2018-2019)
  • The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 
    • (2019 - Present)
Areas of Focus:
The Royal Foundation gives grants, mentoring, support, and partnerships to programs and projects it chooses. It has five areas of focus, which have changed over the years. The current areas of focus are:  
  • Emergency Responders (2019-Present)
    • Previously called "Service Community"
  • Conservation (2009-Present)
  • Mental Health (2017-Present)
  • Early Years (2018-Present)
  • Covid-19 (2020-Present)
Removed Areas: 
  • Community Empowerment (2018-2019)
    • Previously called "Women & Girls"
  • Armed Forced (2009-2018)
    • Sort of transitioned into "Service"
  • Young People (2009-2020)
The foundation is funded mainly through private donations. William and Kate host a number of private events each year for donors (E.g. receptions at Kensington Palaces' Orangery, charity cricket matches) These events are often private and not always mentioned in the Court Circular.

Some notable programs the Royal Foundation has helped fund are:
Core Coach (2013)

Core Coach was created in 2013 by the Royal Foundation. Coach Core is a training program for young people, in disadvantaged areas, to teach them how to be Sports coaches. This gives these young people an employable skill, as well as provides these disadvantaged areas with more quality coaches for youth sports programs.  Core Coach works with a variety of sports. 

Core Coach has since become an independent Charity. 

United for Wildlife (2013)

United for Wildlife is an umbrella organization created by the Foundation in 2013. United for Wildlife consists of the Foundation & seven influential international conservation organizations:
  • Conservation International
  • Fauna & Flora International
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Zoological Society of London
United for Wildlife is committed to reducing the demand for illegal wildlife products. The organization works with law enforcement and the private sector to reduce trafficking. Also well as engaging with young people on the topic of conservation. United for Wildlife also strives for better on-site protection for wildlife.

Heads Together (2016)

Heads Together is a Mental Health campaign started by the Royal Foundation in 2016. It brings together mental health organizations in the UK and works to reduce stigma and change the conversation about mental health. Heads Together has launched a number of programs including:
  • Mentally Healthy Schools
  • Shout 85258 

The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying (2016) 

This task force brings together various people in the industry to look at online bullying of young people, focusing on 12-14 year olds.

The Earthshot Prize is a global Environment prize designed "to incentivize change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years." The prize is awarded annually from 2021 to 2030, to five winners each year whose solutions substantially help the environment. 

The Centre for Early Childhood is an orgnization that “drives awareness of and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years, in order to transform society for generations to come.”
It focuses on 3 key areas:
  • High-quality research to increase knowledge & share best practice
  • Collaborate on new solutions
  • Developing creative campaigns to raise awareness &, driving real, positive change
The Royal Foundation should not be confused with The Charities Forum. The Charities Forum is made up of William & Kate's different charities, to foster collaboration and support between them. The Charities Forum does not provide financial support to these charities.