Royal London Foundation

The Royal London Foundation was set up in 2011 to help members support the local not-for-profit organisations that made a difference in their communities.

In 2021, as part of our social impact work to tackle financial vulnerability and build resilience, we decided to change how we support communities across the UK. We reviewed the Foundation so we can help more people prevent life shocks from becoming a crisis through social innovation.

Our new Changemakers programme will create and invest in bold ideas and sustainable solutions that can build people’s resilience to weather life’s ups and downs. Plus, our social impact flagship partnership with national poverty charity Turn2us enables us to reach and help more people facing life shocks and advocate for long term change for those living in poverty. We recently donated £160,000 to support the charity’s helpline, which provides free, confidential and independent information to help people get back on track.   

About the Foundation

Established in 2011 to mark our 150th anniversary, the Foundation ran until 2020, providing valuable grants to support the core work of community groups nominated by members. Through the Foundation, we were able to help organisations that had a local impact – the often unsung heroes whose work makes such a big difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.


  • Through the Foundation we donated over £1m to local organisations across the UK.
  • This included more than £800,000 in grants from 2017 to 2019, as well as a £500,000 donation to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal in 2020, when we decided to redirect our Foundation funding to provide vital help to people during the coronavirus outbreak.


With the help of experts Year Here and School for Social Entrepreneurs, we’ll support talented individuals to explore society’s challenges and build new solutions. We’ll also help social enterprises with existing innovations scale up and increase their impact.

Visit our pages to find out more and keep up to date on ways you can get involved.