Our impact in the community

In 2010 we took inspiration from our founder, Samuel Fox, a local Quaker and philanthropist who set up the building society more than 170 years ago. Based on Fox’s principles of improving education and basic skills through numeracy and literacy, improving employability and everyone being entitled to a roof over their heads, we launched our programme in 2011. Find out more about Samuel Fox and our history here.

Since then we have supported more than 10,000 people through £500,000 of grants, £156,000 of fundraising and 5,000 volunteering hours. More than 2,000 students have benefitted from programmes with our charity partner Young Enterprise or received Money Academy lessons. Working with homelessness charity Framework, we have supported hundreds of services users through their Skills Plus programme to help them move away from homelessness forever. 

So far in 2020 we have donated £100,000 to support our communities and help them to thrive within the current crisis

We also encourage our teams to support their own communities - each member of staff has two days leave that they can use to volunteer and support good causes as well as the opportunity to support charities close to their own hearts through our staff match-funding and Payroll Giving schemes.

Zac - Para-sprinter

Para-sprinter Zac was one of 160 up-and-coming athletes supported through our seven-year sponsorship of charity SportsAid. He is now a World Silver medallist and regularly competes for his country.

Peter - Stonebridge City Farm

This slice of the countryside in the heart of the city received a grant in 2017 to support their numerous employability programmes. Since then they have become a firm favourite with our teams wanting to give their time to their community. 

Katie - Herts Young Homeless

Our Hertfordshire team have worked closely with their local homelessness charity Herts Young Homeless to raise awareness and funds to support their ongoing work. 

Krisi - Bird and blend

As Nottinghamshire Community Foundation’s Dragon’s Den winners, Bird and Blend have gone from strength to strength with their fantastic teas and now employ more than 100 people. 

Sam - Young Enterprise

Since partnering with the national charity in 2015, hundreds of young people have received activities to boost their employability supported by volunteers from The Nottingham. 

Ronnie - Framework

Framework have been a partner for more than ten years and benefitted from everything from fundraising, sponsorship, support with Parliament lobbying and even a mortgage for a housing project.