Vodafone Foundation

Connecting for Good is about combining Vodafone's charitable giving and technology to make a difference in the world. Globally, the Vodafone Foundation supports projects that are focused on delivering public benefit through the use of mobile technology across the areas of health, education and disaster relief.

Vodafone Foundation's Networks

The Vodafone Foundation, UK registered charity number 1089625, allocates Vodafone Group Plc funds to projects around the world that are run in partnership with other charitable organisations & NGOs.  The Vodafone Foundation also sits at the centre of a network of 27 local social investment programmes, referred to as the local Foundations. The Vodafone Foundation has a funding partnership with these local foundations to provide public benefit by investing in programmes that support communities in countries where Vodafone has commercial roots.

Through this unique network of foundations, we are able to think and act locally and best respond to the specific needs of the communities in which Vodafone operates. Globally, we harness the power of communications technology to build and deliver long-term sustainable programmes that drive transformational change and support disaster response.


A list of the Vodafone Foundation's trustees

  • Nick Land
  • Margherita Della Valle
  • Elizabeth Filkin
  • Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
  • Joakim Reiter
  • Francisco Roman
  • Sharon Doherty
  • Helen Lamprell
  • Mwamvita Makamba
  • Rosemary Martin
  • Nick Jeffery

Director of Vodafone Foundation

Andrew Dunnett

Trustee M-Pesa Foundation (Kenya), Member Longitude Committee (UK), Advisory Board Vodafone Institute for Society & Communications (Germany)

Local Foundations

Vodafone markets


Vodafone Foundation Ventures Ltd

Vodafone Foundation has established Vodafone Foundation Ventures Ltd (VF Ventures Ltd), a social enterprise dedicated to bringing the power of connectivity to drive transformational projects in health and education for the benefit of some of the most marginalised communities in countries in which Vodafone operates.

The team to lead VF Ventures Ltd have been developing within Vodafone Foundation a unique set of platforms, products and partnerships and have developed an experience in this field which is second to none.   VF Ventures Ltd’s ambition is to share these innovations at scale and in the process be a leading social enterprise in bringing connectivity to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems in a sustainable way.  

VF Ventures Ltd is a social enterprise, its founding and sole shareholder is Vodafone Foundation.   As it rolls out these innovations, VF Ventures Ltd will recycle any profits into funding further programmes. Any surplus profits will be provided to Vodafone Foundation.

Announcements regarding specific innovations will be made during 2018.​

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Vodafone Foundation?

The Vodafone Foundation is an independent charity registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales with charity registration no. 1089625. 

Since 1991, the Vodafone Foundation has contributed over £560 million to charitable activities worldwide. 

How is the Vodafone Foundation funded?

The Vodafone Foundation is funded by annual contribution from Vodafone Group Plc and Vodafone UK.

What is the Vodafone Foundation charitable aim?

The Vodafone Foundation is committed to connecting communities around the world to improve lives.  There is a unique network of 27 local foundations and social investment programmes that the Vodafone Foundation works through.

The underlying belief of this network of foundations is that connectivity drives change.  By using this network the Vodafone Foundation aims to connect people with the necessary tools to make a difference in the world.

Who are the Vodafone Foundations trustees?

The Vodafone Foundation currently has nine trustees, including two trustees who are independent from Vodafone. Further details about the trustees can be found above.

What is the Vodafone Foundation’s governance structure?

The Vodafone Foundation is registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales. 

The Vodafone Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees.

What is the Vodafone Foundation’s relationship with Vodafone, the mobile phone operator?

The Vodafone Foundation receives annual contributions from Vodafone Group Plc and Vodafone UK. The Vodafone Foundation maintains an “independent but linked” relationship with Vodafone, drawing on the technology and expertise within Vodafone, in order to maximize its charitable impact. 

The Vodafone Foundation’s independence is key to its ability to work globally with a wide range of partners to meet its charitable objectives. 

 Where can I find the Vodafone Foundation’s Annual Report and Financial statements?

The annual report and financial statements of the Vodafone Foundation for the year ended 31 March 2015 is available for download here

How does the Vodafone Foundation manage applications for funding?

The Vodafone Foundation receives an average of 12,000 requests per year for funding and support. While seeking to respond to all requests for information, it normally approaches only those charitable organisations which it believes can help in the delivery of its charitable aims.


Annual Review

Read the Vodafone Foundation’s 25 years of giving report and annual review for the year.