Aberdeen Standard Investments Charitable Foundation

Enabling a corporate foundation to improve education across the world

Since its establishment, The Giving Department has played an ongoing strategic role in advising Trustees of The Aberdeen Standard Investments Charitable Foundation, launched to focus and extend their global charitable activities.

The Foundation’s programme has been developed to mirror the business.  One aspect has been to target small to medium size charities working in the developing world, to improve the education outcomes for some of the most deprived communities.  Through their Global Emerging Markets programme  the Foundation provides three years of financial support to organisations and seeks to fund projects which will have an ongoing positive legacy beyond the duration of the grant. 

To date, the Foundation has supported seven different charities in seven different countries.  These grants have been spread across Sub Saharan Africa, South East Asia and Latin America.  Projects have ranged from building specialist schools for children with disabilities in Tanzania, to implementing a “teach the teacher” programme in Cambodia.

Partnerships with each charity are carefully fostered, and employees are given the chance to volunteer to support the delivery of each project.   Throughout these relationships The Giving Department has worked behind the scenes from the initial due diligence and selection process, right through to supporting the production of the final evaluation report.  

Timely, strategic and flexible support from The Giving Department has been invaluable as we continue to develop the structure and global approach for The Aberdeen Standard Investments Charitable Foundation.

- Sam Walker, Head of Public Affairs and Foundation Director EMEA

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Steve Wickham


Steve has spent over 20 years in the charity sector. As a successful fundraiser Steve worked for a number of charities in senior roles most latterly as Head of Fundraising at The Prince’s Trust. This experience has given Steve a deep understanding of how companies and private funders can best support charities, how effective relationships can be developed, where value can be delivered and how the right support can deliver genuine and long-lasting change. Steve founded The Giving Department in 2010 with the clear vision of providing expert independent resource to help companies and philanthropists deliver real social impact and achieve their greatest charitable ambitions. Over the subsequent years Steve has developed the business, working with an increasingly wide portfolio of clients from FTSE100 companies to corporate foundations and private HNW philanthropists. Passionate about the sector, Steve is often called to speak on charitable issues and on occasions provides bespoke mentoring to help individuals build capability and impact.       

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