Community and charitable giving

The Nottingham has a long rich history of helping communities to thrive and since launching our formal community programme in 2011, we have donated more than £1.1million to support those people that need it most. This year our communities have needed our help more than ever. We have increased our investment and are proudly supporting:

  • Alleviation of poverty - supporting communities facing financial hardship and accessing funds remotely for the first time
  • Reducing social isolation - reaching out to those members of our communities at risk of social isolation
  • Education and young people - supporting schools, parents and community groups engaged in home-education and continuing to drive aspiration for the future in young people
  • Our charitable partners - offering emergency support for our partners.

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.

In 2020 we launched our online Money Academy and you can visit our virtual classroom here.

Career Academy

We launched our Career Academy in 2020, working with schools and community groups to support young people completing their education and finding their way into the world of work through our virtual volunteering programme. If you are a school or charity working with young people and would like to receive some work insights, email


In 2019 we teamed up with Nottingham City Council to bring numeracy and literacy to life beneath the leafy canopies of five city parks. More than 15,000 joined us for magical story-telling and games.

This year we are bringing you a virtual programme of activities to inspire numeracy and literacy learning so come on, join us in the den for a summer of fun.





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