About Us

Inequality corrodes people’s lives, but it doesn’t have to be like this. Bound by our shared humanity, we believe we have the power to shape the societies and communities we want to live in.

We confront inequality by working with people to create the changes that will lead to more equal and resilient communities.

How do we do this?

We find new ways of tackling social problems by working alongside communities, using the tools of research and social innovation.

We run a range of national and international programmes to achieve this.

We bring together leading thinkers and policymakers from around the world to develop new ideas.

We also work in partnership with organisations, leading thinkers and policymakers who share our values, to tackle society’s biggest challenges. We are proud to be part of alliances campaigning for the social economy and for equality, including the Social Economy Alliance and The Equality Trust.

We have created and supported over 80 organisations including: Which? The Open University, Language Line, Social Innovation Exchange, School for Social Entrepreneurs, Uprising and Action for Happiness.

The Young Foundation has devoted itself to fighting inequality through trailblazing research and by working with communities. Their ethos of ‘doing with’ people – rather than people ‘being done to’ – is vital. They have a cracking track record of creating and supporting the scaling-up of social innovations that have really made a difference to people’s lives.

(Lord John Bird, Editor in Chief, the Big Issue)