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Charitable giving

The Allen & Overy 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 2016. Grantees will also be given an allocation of up to 100 hours of pro bono and / or community investment time, subject to capacity and agreement with the pro bono and community investment team. 

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 bring about 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. Please note that staff fundraising and / or visits to see the project on the ground are not included in this. Applications which have strong existing or potential pro bono and community investment volunteering opportunities will be given preference.  

Charities should also include details of: 

  • the project to be funded and anticipated impact and achievements
  • the amount requested and a basic overview of how the grant will be spent
  • the organisation’s legal status and whether it is incorporated as a charity
  • annual income and total number of staff
  • the name of an Allen & Overy partner or staff member supporting the application 

Applicants should demonstrate that the project will be delivered in an area of considerable need. The A&O Foundation will accept applications for up to three-years of successive funding. It will also accept applications from charities previously supported with a one-year grant from the Foundation. Charities that have received three year grants must wait three years after the last year of the grant period before applying again.  

In recognition of the amount of funding available, the Foundation will consider part-funding projects.  

Charities may ring-fence 20% of the grant for core funding (not necessarily related to the project funded). 

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

We are no longer accepting applications for the Global Grants Programme 2016. The application round for 2017 will begin at the end of this year. You may wish to keep an eye out for any changes on this page.

Key people

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