Coram has received its largest ever single gift: £4 million from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which will fund The Hamlyn Endowment for the Rights and Voice of Children, the charity has announced.
The endowment will enable Coram to scale up its work on delivering children’s rights and on ensuring their voices are heard by policy makers and society more widely. In addition, the charity will be able to work with hundreds more young people and build their ability to act as advocates for children and young people, while the funds will also directly benefit thousands more through building the charity’s capacity to provide legal advice to children and families struggling for representation.
The charity was founded in 1739. The Foundation has previously supported Coram, making its first grant to it in 1997.
Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said:
“We know just how valuable long term, consistent and flexible funding can be to organisations. At a time when civil society is under financial stress, and the world around us feels increasingly fractured, we feel the need to act, to show our backing for some key organisations, ones that we see as critical to and influential in the sectors we support, and it is for this reason that we have made this decision to endow Coram.”
Commenting on the gift, Dr Carol Homden CBE, CEO of Coram said:
“We are creating the space to bring together people from all walks of life to champion a better world where all children have the chance and the resources they need to live a fulfilling life. Sadly, today, still too many children and young people in the UK do not get the help and support they need, and this generous gift from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation will enable us to advance the Coram children’s rights centre and to realise our ambitious plans for the future.
“This landmark gift is a reflection of the outstanding commitment of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to those who are marginalised and to their strong and continuing leadership role in philanthropy at a critical time. The Hamlyn Endowment will enable Coram to work with hundreds more young people and build their own ability to act as advocates and directly benefit thousands more through building the charity’s capacity to provide legal advice to children and families who struggle for representation.”
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