About Us

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

We run a range of national and international programmes, and work in partnership with organisations, leading thinkers and policymakers to achieve this.

We have created and supported over 80 innovative 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