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Charitable giving

The Allen & Overy Global Foundation makes donations to charitable causes around the world.  

The Foundation is funded by contributions from all of A&O’s partners worldwide and supports:

  • Our global charity partnership

  • Disaster relief efforts

  • Three or four charities a year through a global grants programme

Global Grants programme 

Three or four charities will be awarded grants of approximately GBP25,000 in autumn 2015.

To apply, charities should submit a letter of intent of no more than two pages that demonstrates:

  • how the project is aligned to A&O’s CSR goals: access to justice and / or access to education and employment

  • innovation: for example, A&O’s support will enable the charity to pilot a new approach and / or the charity is the only organisation using this methodology to tackle social change

  • how A&O’s support will result in the organisational development  / capacity building of the charity to enable the charity to deliver long-term impact and sustainability

  • opportunities for staff involvement, including legal pro bono or other professional skills volunteering

Charities should also include details of:

  • the project to be funded and anticipated impact and achievements

  • the amount requested

  • the organisation’s legal status and whether it is incorporated as a charity

  • annual income and total number of staff

The project must be delivered outside of the UK. Preference is given to projects in countries which are in the bottom 25% of the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index and / or the UNDP’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), or are operating in areas of particular need.

The A&O Foundation will accept applications from charities previously supported by the Foundation. It will also accept applications for up to three-years of successive funding.

Please note that the A&O Foundation only supports organisations and is unable to support applications from individuals.

The application for the 2015 global grants programme is now closed. Shortlisted charities will be notified and will be asked to complete a longer application form for consideration by the global grants committee.

Key people

Kate Cavelle
Kate Cavelle
Head of Pro Bono & Comm. Inv.
United Kingdom
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