Many of us feel an urge to give back to the people, causes, and communities which shaped us and by which we have come to be defined and I am fortunate enough to be able to do so. I feel extremely privileged to be launching the Nick Maughan Foundation, which will be dedicating time and resources to organisations across three ‘Pillars’ close to my heart: Education, the Environment, and Communities.
It is impossible to overstate the formative role that our years of schooling have on us throughout our lives. Providing children with the best educational start in life shapes not only their futures, but those of their families in preceding and subsequent generations. One great teacher can instil a permanent gift of intellectual curiosity, while negative experiences can have the inverse effect.
The future strength of civilised society depends in no small way on harnessing the brightest and the best, those gifted with exceptional natural ability, to help them push themselves forward. In equal measure it depends on continually raising standards across the board to stop those who struggle from being left behind and giving every child the best education we possibly can.
The Foundation helps London-based children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have the same opportunities as those from more fortunate backgrounds have. The Foundation works to identify suitable opportunities to award grants and scholarships to high-achieving children from families below the median-income level, as well as providing funding for under-resourced schools.
The Foundation is a donor to Putney High School, amongst others, and will be focusing its efforts in 2021 towards bridging the educational attainment gap which has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
The Nick Maughan Foundation is dedicated to supporting wildlife conservation efforts across the globe.
The Foundation has committed £1m over five years to support Tusk, whose mission is to amplify the impact of progressive conservation initiatives across Africa.
Our support to date has helped to more than double the conservation grants given to the winners and finalists of last year’s Tusk Conservation Awards. The Foundation also committed to matching all donations up to £150,000 made to Tusk through The Times newspaper’s Annual Christmas Appeal.
The Foundation is especially committed to reversing the climatic effects brought on by the accelerated pace of fossil fuel use for power, industry and transport. By donating to organisations effective in carbon reduction and sequestration and funding lobbying campaigns for policy change, NMF contributes to the fight for a safer planet for future generations.
Community is the bond which brings people together, lifts them up, and gives them a sense of purpose and belonging in an uncertain world. Nurturing a fairer, more resilient and more cohesive society starts with community.
The Foundation supports local, community-based solutions to engrained social problems. We target our funding towards organisations and initiatives that promote opportunity in the most disadvantaged communities in the UK – from local services for vulnerable young people, to community-based mental health initiatives and charitable projects aimed at countering discrimination against disenfranchised groups.
The Foundation is a donor to the Berkshire Youth Trust, which provides youth support services to help vulnerable young people make successful transitions to adulthood, and will soon be launching BoxSmart GB, a social sporting club providing vocational and skills training to those most in need.