Formed in 2019, the BFC Foundation (Registered Charity Number: 1185152) brings all of the BFC’s charitable initiatives under one umbrella. The Foundation aims to support the future growth and success of the British fashion industry by focusing on Education, Grant-Giving & Business Mentoring.
Creating pathways to support British fashion talent is at the core of the BFC. Now, more than ever, there is a need to continue and grow this support, increase the diversity of the talent pool and support businesses that are leading the way in terms of environmental and community impact.
In its first two years, the Foundation received total donations of £3,200,000 through fundraising efforts of all its talent support initiatives, funds from the BFC surplus generated from the organisation’s activities including The Fashion Awards and a call to BFC stakeholders to support fundraising to help businesses survive the COVID crisis.
Going forward, the Foundation aims to raise £2,000,000 per annum to maintain and grow its grant giving programmes.
Investors and philanthropists Tania Fares and Narmina Marandi were appointed Co-Chairs of the BFC Foundation in April 2021 to work with the BFC to develop a BFC Foundation Advisory Committee and kick-start an influential patronage programme. Find here a full list of the Advisory Committee and Founder Patrons.
The Trustees of the Foundation are Stephanie Phair, Chairman, Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive Officer, and Laura Strain, Chief Operating Officer of the British Fashion Council.
The BFC Foundation is solely reliant on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and companies and is funded through charitable donations including those received from BFC Patrons and Partners.
To make a donation to the BFC Foundation, please use the PayPal link below. To get involved and for more information on the Patronage Programme, get in touch with the team here.