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.

Trustees

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

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. 

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.

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

The latest annual report and financial statements of the Vodafone Foundation submitted to the UK Charity Commission are available for download here.

How do I report a concern of unethical conduct relating to the VF?

The Vodafone Foundation is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct in the delivery of our programmes.

Our staff and delivery partners are expected to abide by the following principles:

  • We will work actively to protect children, vulnerable adults and other beneficiaries from harm
  • We will not use charitable funds for corrupt or fraudulent purposes
  • We will respect the communities in which we operate
  • We will comply with all applicable local law

If you witness unethical conduct linked to any Vodafone Foundation programme, we ask that you report this to us so that we may take appropriate action. Any reports of wrongdoing on the part of staff or delivery partners will be taken seriously and will be investigated.

You can report, in confidence, via email: speakup.foundation@vodafone.com.

This email address is solely for the purpose of reporting concerns of misconduct. General enquiries to the Vodafone Foundation will not receive a response. 

 

Annual Review

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