The EQ Foundation is a registered charitable institution that receives funding from EQ Investors and other related parties. It has donated over £800,000 to a wide range of charitable and non-profit institutions.

Transform the way you give

We want to help individual donors make better decisions about their giving. In our experience, most people give money reactively, in response to an ask’ and never really feel comfortable with their decision. So we’ve looked at some of the principles that work when selecting investments to provide a basis for making better selections.

One way to fasttrack the search process is to look at charities that have passed the selection criteria set by top grant makers like the Big Lottery, Comic Relief and Esmee Fairbairn.

We’ve gathered data from the UK Charities Commission covering all registered charities and 360 Giving for details of major donations (usually £10,000 or more) to allow you to see who is being supported and by whom. You can tailor your search based on the number of different donors they have attracted and by their size.

Best thing I’ve ever seen in this field, without a doubt
Andy Cook, chief executive, Centre for Social Justice, founder of Twenty Twenty

Download the guide

Finding good charities is really difficult. Our free guide explains some pitfalls and guidelines to get started:

  • Engage your brain, as well as your heart
  • Stop worrying about overheads
  • Look at who else is supporting
  • Early intervention pays dividends
  • Look for Matched Giving opportunities
  • Donations go further in the developing world
  • High profile disaster appeals rarely offer the best value
  • Where’s the evidence about impact?

Who we support

Since its formation in late 2014 the EQ Foundation has awarded more than £800,000 in grants to a wide range of charitable and non-profit institutions. Our focus has been primarily on UK charities supporting education and employment for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. This reflects our desire to see social mobility improved.

A list of current grantees can be found on the Giving is Great website (external link):