The Ellis Campbell Foundation
Building Youth Power and Leadership
Giving a voice to marginalised young people
Making a difference
Building long-term partnerships
Building Youth Power and Leadership
We have been supporting charities and organisations across London, Hampshire and Perthshire for over 30 years with grants totalling £3.7m.
Over the last five years we have supported some transformational initiatives to help disadvantaged young people bridge the gap between education and employment across a wide spectrum of areas including education, criminal justice, mental health and life skills.
Our 2020 Strategic Review
At the start of 2020, we embarked upon a transformational eight month strategic review programme led by Ten Years’ Time. We were determined to ensure we were having the greatest impact with our grants so we committed to a process of listening and learning from over 80 experts including many extraordinary young changemakers. We focussed on Youth Power and Leadership and were privileged to gain a much better understanding of the experience of young people in education, housing, youth services, criminal justice, mental health and the care system. Importantly we heard from so many inspirational young activists whose drive, insight and impact made it easy for us to pivot our funding towards innovative and genuinely youth-led work, safe in the knowledge that this will inspire so many more young people to be changemakers. Alongside this we must engage with power leaders to ensure they know how to listen and engage with young people effectively. Please do take a deeper dive into all our findings and read our Emergent Enquiry or for a shorter read, our Key Conclusions.
Youth Led Partnerships
We are extremely excited to confirm our funding plans on the back of our strategic review.
”An investment of £10,000 from The Ellis Campbell Foundation has allowed us to respond to the wellbeing crisis unfolding in our schools as a result of Covid-19 in a meaningful way and has the potential to impact thousands of children across the country.
”I was delighted to receive your generous donation which will provide 10 places on our Biomedical Engineering course for disadvantaged female students. On behalf of the Trustees, and the team at Smallpeice Trust, I would like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude for your kindness which will allow us to encourage a passion for engineering and science in young people living in Hampshire.Becky ClintonTrusts and Foundations Officer
The Smallpeice Trust
”All of us here at Straight Talking would like to thank the trustees of Ellis Campbell Charitable Foundation for supporting young parents. We are delighted that you see the importance of our work, despite the unpopularity of our cause. Your support will help teenage parents on their journey for employment with Straight Talking through to their financial independence and simultaneously their work in preventing pupils from going town the sam e route.Aisha LysejkoProject Co-ordinator
Straight Talking Peer Education
”I write to thank the Trustees for their generous grant which will help young students to access vital courses, books and course materials which would otherwise be unavailable to them. This grant is important to PET not only for the financial support it represents, but because is also demonstrates the faith the Trustees have in our work and the learners we support.Hannah RcihardsTrusts Fundraising Manager
Prisoners' Education Trust
”I would like to thank you and your fellow trustees for your kind donation to continue supporting young people who are struggling with the negative effects of conflict.Thomas LawsonChief Executive
Leap Confronting Conflict
”Thank you on behalf of Punchdrunk for your generous donation towards the pilot of our new primary schools project. We are incredibly grateful to receive the Foundation's support .Charlotte ChristesenHead of Development
Helping our communities through Covid
Even though the Foundation was closed to funding whilst going through the strategic review programme, the Trustees agreed that we must respond to the crisis quickly arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. We set aside our usual grant giving metrics for the year and used cash reserves to support those people and organisations we felt were best placed to meet the most pressing needs emerging from this crisis.
Your story starts here
We are open for applications in 2023 and would ask for submissions to be received by Friday 3rd February to be considered at our March meeting.