Make a Donation

It’s not about charity. It’s about support.

When you consider that it costs the UK government £23,000 for every year a young care leaver is unemployed, and only £1,900 to put a young person through our Drive Programme, then the money you donate has never been more important.


What you give goes a long way

Whether you can give a little something, or make a bigger donation, your backing helps us provide our care leavers with the vital training, guidance and support they need to make some momentum in their lives.

Take a quick look at some of the great ways your money gets used and follow the links if you’d like to make a donation.

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Other ways you can give

If you’re interested in making a donation but not sure how much or how regularly, or you’re simply curious about the ways you can show your support, then here’s a quick overview:

  • Single donation
  • A simple, one-off contribution where you
    choose the amount you can afford to give.
  • A regular payment
  • Typically a direct debit, this where you can set an amount you’d like to
    give to Drive Forward every month.
  • Gift Aid
  • Gift Aid allows us to claim back tax on any donation you make. So whether it’s a one-off donation or monthly amount, we get £1.25 for every £1 you donate at no extra cost to you. Every little helps and we’ll be eternally grateful if you click Gift Aid when you make a donation online. If you’re sending us a cheque, please click to download our Gift Aid form which we would ask you to complete and enclose with your donation.
Large donations, trusts and grants

If you are a charitable trust, foundation or individual considering making a donation to Drive Forward then please get in touch with our director, Martha Wansbrough, at martha@driveforwardfoundation.com.

Be it one-to-one support, our mentoring scheme, specialist programmes or evening sessions, a lot of what we do is based on major donations so we hugely appreciate your help in making a difference to the lives of our young people now, and in the future.

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Leaving a legacy in your will

After you’ve made arrangements to look after your own family and friends, you might consider helping our young people achieve their future potential by leaving a legacy gift in your will.

There are different types of legacies and your solicitor will be able to help advise you on which one would be right for you. But in essence, a gift of a percentage of your estate (residuary) will make the biggest difference to the support we can provide because it will keep its value better than a gift of a fixed sum of money (pecuniary).

Legacies are generally exempt from inheritance tax, so a gift in your will to Drive Forward could be tax free for us and could reduce the amount of inheritance tax your loved ones are liable to pay too. If you’d like more information, please visit the HMRC website.

And if you do decide to pledge a legacy to Drive Forward then rest assured that it will be treated in the strictest confidence. You don’t have to be specific about any details but it will help us when planning for our future to know that there is money promised.

Please get in touch with Martha at martha@driveforwardfoundation.com, if you’d like to talk more.

And, once again, a big thank you for supporting us on this journey.

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