OVO Foundation is OVO Energy’s charity. OVO Foundation helps smart charitable organisations tackle three of the most complex social problems of our time: youth poverty, educational inequality, and access to energy. All their projects centre around their mission to give young people a better future.
They’re not after short-term fixes. It’s all about long-term change. And they don’t just give money. The Foundation team commits months of research to seek out the most innovative organisations – working hand-in-hand with them to develop and test the ideas that can make the biggest impact.
The OVO Charitable Foundation (“OVO Foundation”) is a registered charity – its charity registration number is 1155954.
What are the areas of focus for OVO Foundation?
- Access to Energy
- Youth Poverty
- Educational Inequality
There’s a few things in progress at the moment:
- Project Jua - OVO Foundation founded this brand new initiative to install solar panels on schools and health clinics in Kenya. Following a successful pilot, we’re currently working hard to electrify 300 more sites in some of the hardest-to-reach parts of the country over the next 12 months. You can check out the progress here.
- Future Builders - OVO Foundation pioneered a scheme that gives young people who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness in Bristol, Sheffield and Birmingham the chance to renovate derelict homes they’ll actually live in. ‘Future Builders’ helps break the cycle of homelessness by equipping young people with the training and skills they need to live and work independently. OVO powers each property for free – and once they’ve made their house a home, our apprentices are supported as they transition into longer term work.
- When I Grow Up - these projects help disadvantaged preschool children in their homes – improving their chances of fulfilling their potential in school, and in later life too. We’ll be announcing our new partners next month so look out for more info then!
- OVO Gives Back - Each year, £100,000 and awesome OVO volunteers support five deserving charities working with young people in our local community. We have just started working with our new partners for 2019/20, you can find out about them here.
Every year OVO employees nominate and vote for charities they want to support.
How is OVO Foundation funded?
When OVO customers make a monthly donation, we match that amount - doubling our power to make positive changes. We also cover all administration and staff costs, so 100% of the donations go straight to our amazing projects.
How do I make a donation to OVO Foundation?
When you switch to OVO or renew your contract, we’ll ask if you’d like to make a donation. You can also start donating anytime during your contract or change your donation amount in My OVO.
Is every penny donated spent on projects?
OVO Energy covers all of OVO Foundation’s running costs. That means that 100% of every donation is spent on making a difference – so as well as doubling your donation power, you can be certain that your money is working hard to deliver positive outcomes.
How to donate to OVO Foundation if you haven’t joined OVO yet?
At the moment, we’re only set up to accept donations from OVO customers, so is it time to consider switching? As well as the opportunity to get involved in OVO Foundation, you’ll get great value energy and a simpler energy life. See if you’ll save on the quote and switch page here.
Is there a website where we can stay up to date with project progress?
Yes there is - https://www.ovofoundation.org.uk/.