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Charitable giving

Global charity partnership

In addition to our many different projects around the world, we come together as a business to support a global charity partnership. Having a global charity partner in a long-term alliance allows us to bring together our collective skills, experience and enthusiasm to achieve the greatest possible impact.

Our current global charity partner, voted for by staff around the world, is AfriKids. Our partnership formally launched in May 2012.

AfriKids work with vulnerable young people in Northern Ghana. In particular, we support the AfriKids Next Generation Home, a remarkable centre that helps get young people off the streets by offering them a safe refuge and by providing basic services, counselling, and access to education.

Northern Ghana is one of the poorest places on earth, with poverty levels over 70% and little major economic activity to speak of. Over the past 10 years, AfriKids has made itself an institution that people can rely upon to provide a network of support and services for vulnerable children, and one that can also drive enterprise and opportunity.

Importantly, AfriKids brings about change for the long-term. For a child resettled from the Next Generation Home, this can mean providing their mother with financial and business support through microfinance, as well as education scholarships and long-term counselling for the children and families. For the wider local community it means setting up sustainable businesses, such as the 'Next Generation Farm', that can fund this support for as long as it is needed into the future.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Red Cross)

Prior to working with AfriKids we had a very successful three year global partnership with the Red Cross in which we
we contributed to the development of a new Model Law on disaster relief, created an educational resource to help teach school children about international humanitarian law and the concepts of fairness and justice, and raised and donated over £600,000 for the Red Cross's work around the world. The positive relationship formed with the Red Cross continues with ongoing pro bono and in kind support.

Find out more about our work with the Red Cross.

The Allen & Overy Global Foundation

The Allen & Overy Global Foundation makes donations to charitable causes around the world. The Global Foundation is funded by all of our partners globally, and supports international causes that fall within three broad categories:

  • Our global charity partnership
  • Disaster relief efforts
  • Projects which are global in nature and reflect our core CSR goals

Under the last category, the Global Foundation will support up to three organisations each year, with each organisation receiving up to £25,000, to fund projects which meet the following criteria:

  • Tackle an issue which has global relevance
  • Aligned to our CSR goals - in particular, Access to Justice and/or Access to Education and Employment
  • Sustainable beyond our support
  • Have a significant impact upon their beneficiaries

While not a prerequisite, the Global Foundation will look favourably on projects which offer opportunities for staff involvement.

Applications for our 2014 annual grants programme are now closed. If your project is shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a full application in April/May. Grants will be awarded in Summer 2014.

Click here to see a copy of the application form which sets out the details that you will need to provide if your project is invited to submit a full application.



For enquiries regarding the Global Foundation, please contact:

Local charitable giving

Each Allen & Overy office has its own funds for charitable giving to support local organisations. To find out more about the charitable giving policy of an individual office, please contact indicating which office(s) you are interested in.

The Allen & Overy London Foundation

One example of the local charitable funds is the Allen & Overy London Foundation. The London Foundation is administered by the London Charities Committee, which is comprised of partners within the London office. The London Charities Committee will make donations to charities that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Law related charities
  • Charities which are based in or benefit those in our neighbouring boroughs of Tower Hamlets or Hackney
  • Charities to which Allen & Overy volunteers have made a significant contribution by participating in their activities

The Committee has recently given greater emphasis to the third criterion, to recognise the dedication of staff to Allen & Overy's pro bono and community activities.

To make an application for funding from the Allen & Overy London Foundation, proposals should be submitted in writing to the pro bono and community investment team at Proposals should set out details of the project and organisation, the amount of funding sought and the charitable registration number of the organisation; supporting documents such as annual reports and accounts should also be included. Please note that shortlisted requests are considered by the London Charities Committee on a quarterly basis, and the cut-off dates for submitting proposals in advance of the quarterly meetings are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December. Any proposal that is submitted after a cut-off date will be treated as if submitted before the following cut-off date (e.g., a proposal submitted after the 31 March cut-off date would miss consideration in the April quarterly meeting and, if shortlisted, be considered in the July quarterly meeting).

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