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The KPMG Foundation

The KPMG Foundation

Focusing on education and social projects for the disadvantaged and under privileged.

Focusing on education and social projects for the disadvantaged and under privileged.

Unlocking potential through early intervention

“I'm a good reader now and help the other children in my class.”

This child's proud words speak volumes. Established in 2001, the KPMG’s Foundation’s objective is to unlock the potential of children in the UK who, for primarily social reasons, have not achieved their educational potential. 

So far, we've helped over 30,000 children improve their literacy, and given £10.8m on 68 charitable projects.

“Our particular focus on early intervention and education significantly helps to unlock the potential of individuals and communities. As trustees, one of our key objectives is to improve the outcomes of children in care and children in deprived families.” - Simon Collins, KPMG UK Chairman, Senior Partner and Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Improving outcomes for young people in care

Young people in care are:

  • 8 times more likely to be excluded from school
  • 10 times less likely to achieve 5 good GCSEs
  • Twice as likely to become a teenage parent
  • 12 times more likely to end up in prison

The KPMG Foundation is leading a demonstration programme to test whether training foster carers in social pedagogy improves the poor educational and life outcomes for children in foster care.

The practice of social pedagogy is based on three principles: 

  1. Head - Supporting foster carers to better understand the impact of deprivation on a child’s development, helping them interpret behaviors and respond appropriately.
  2. Heart - Building a loving, supportive and aspirational relationship with the foster child. Too often strict regulations can prevent foster children feeling like a loved member of the family. 
  3. Hands - Using practical tasks and every day activities like climbing trees and preparing meals as vital opportunities for learning. Overly risk adverse approaches have historically made this difficult.

Engaging in critical issues impacting young people

Following the shocking revelations that 1,400 children are estimated to have been sexually exploited in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, the Foundation felt compelled to act. 

Funding of £3.1m from the KPMG Foundation, the Department for Education, Communities and Local Government Department and Rotherham Borough Council will secure for the next three years the work of children’s charity Barnardo’s, employing a team of specialist workers to help those children who have been sexually exploited to rebuild their lives.

KPMG Foundation Trustees

  • Melanie Richards (Chairman)
  • Robin Cartwright 
  • Christine Gilbert  
  • Rachael Hopcroft
  • Fahad Raja
  • Peter Sherratt
  • David Woodward
  • Jo Clunie (Director) 
  • Lucy Ball (Advisor) 

Find out more about the KPMG Foundation Trustees

Key impact report

The KPMG Foundation Impact Report (PDF 720 KB) - Identifying the key impact of some of the Foundation’s work, including Every Child a Reader, and Every Child Counts.

The KPMG Foundation pro-actively seeks projects to support and does not accept any unsolicited applications. 

For more information on the KPMG Foundation, please contact:

Jo Clunie

+44 (0)207 311 4733.