What does The PressPad Charitable Foundation do?

The PressPad Charitable Foundation was created to:

  • deliver educational and access-driven webinars, networking and training (i.e. PressPad Remote),
  • provide smaller grants to niche and intersectional media diversity charities and groups,
  • award bursaries for mentorship and subsidised accommodation, primarily but not exclusively, through a service agreement with our sister social enterprise, PressPad.

Why is PressPad a social enterprise and a charitable foundation?

PressPad decided to register a sister charitable foundation in 2021 to better carry out the work we do to improve social mobility in the media. We created this organisation to work alongside, and not in place of, our pre-existing social enterprise, PressPad Ltd, because we truly believe that our sustainable and scalable host-mentorship scheme is best served by the social enterprise model, which will enable a mixture of grant funding, trading and investment.

Much of the work we have done to date, however, including PressPad Remote, is not and will not be financially sustainable. So, it was following great interest from multiple donors that we decided to create a hybrid structure with clear governance, oversight and transparency in both organisations to best carry out our mission and purpose. The existence of the charitable foundation will also better enable us to pass on funding to smaller and more niche organisations whose missions align with ours in order to strengthen and raise up other organisations to join a coalition of projects working in this space.

If I make a donation, can I decide what my money is used for?

There are different ways you can donate and/or financially support our charity and our projects. Money donated to us in the form of general donations will be used for a multitude of things, such as our core running costs and the organisation of our programmes.

It is also possible to make specific donations to certain aspects of our organisation and the work we do.

You could sponsor an intern’s stay, or a certain programme.

Find out more about the different ways to donate here.

As an organisation, I want to sponsor a specific programme or activity, how should I go about it?

You can find out more about this here.

I would like to give back, what are my options?

There are many ways in which you can get involved and give back as an individual. You can donate to our charity directly, raise funds through fundraisers, or become a volunteer. Find out more about the different ways to get involved here.

What is GiftAid? Can I use GiftAid? And if so, how does it work?

Gift Aid allows charities to reclaim tax on donations made by UK taxpayers, adding an extra 25% on top of what you donate. All you need to do is select “Giftaid it” when donating via our form. Find out more about GiftAid and whether you are eligible here.

How is The PressPad Charitable Foundation structured?

The PressPad Charitable Foundation is registered with the Charities Commission and details about it can be found on their website.

You can read a copy of our governing document here. If you have any questions about our policy documents, please email info@presspadfoundation.com.

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