About us

Columbia Threadneedle Foundation

About Columbia Threadneedle Foundation

Through Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, we work with long-term charity partners to improve individual lives while also driving fundamental social change. We seek to address critical social issues – inclusion, opportunity, employment, empowerment, and mental health – using the power of art, sport and education & training as catalysts for change. Common threads we look for in our programmes and charity partners include the ability to build skills and confidence, challenge perspectives and broaden horizons.
We apply a responsible and rigorous process to the Foundation’s investments to ensure long-term sustainable partnerships are created. The Foundation aims to grow its investment in the community by working with partners that reflect Columbia Threadneedle’s principles of responsibility, integrity and excellence in the work they do.
And we aspire to be a transformative partner to the charities we work with through funding, specialist advice and support, pro bono assistance, employee volunteering and advocacy. The Foundation also supports the tremendous efforts of employees raising money for charity, via payroll giving and matched giving programmes.

Columbia Threadneedle Foundation is a UK registered Charity (no: 1158970). The Foundation receives its funding in the form of an annual financial contribution from Threadneedle Asset Management Limited.

Art

A vibrant arts sector brings a wide range of social, cultural and economic benefits. For more than 10 years, Columbia Threadneedle has been a major supporter of the arts in the UK through partnerships that span visual arts, art as therapy and art-based education programmes for diverse groups and communities from London and around the UK.

Education & Training

There is an acute need to improve financial education and financial inclusion in our communities. The Foundation supports a range of education programmes and initiatives, as well as programmes to provide skills, training and access to employment for vulnerable groups.

Sport

We recognise the unique power of sport to engage and motivate, build comradery and improve emotional and physical wellbeing, particularly among young people.

Volunteering

We look for opportunities where the talent and professional expertise of Columbia Threadneedle’s people can add support, through skills-based and other volunteering projects. Not only does volunteering enhance our wider support for charities, it gives our employees the chance to develop new skills and network within the business, and for teams to collaborate more effectively across departments.

Governance

The Foundation Board of Trustee Directors is made up of colleagues from across our EMEA business who work together to create sustainable partnerships with the charities we support.

Latest Columbia Threadneedle Foundation News

13 July 2023

Supporting the National Gallery’s primary students exhibition for the sixth consecutive year

The annual Take One Picture exhibition opens at the National Gallery. This year’s free exhibition will run from 13 July until 8 October 2023.
28 June 2023

New research supports financial education for disadvantaged children and young people

Columbia Threadneedle Foundation partners with The Centre for Financial Capability to support children and young people experiencing socioeconomic hardship with financial education.
8 March 2023

New partnership addresses barriers to gender inclusion

For this research project CLES will be working in partnership with Leeds City Council and the Women’s Budget Group (WBG), a not-for-profit network whose aim is to promote a gender equal economy.