What we do

Our vision is of a borough where everyone has the opportunity to live happy, healthy, fulfilled lives. 

Kensington and Chelsea is a borough usually associated with affluence and wealth, but it also has areas of severe deprivation and significant inequalities.  The Foundation is an independent charity, set up in 2008 by local resident, Jeremy Raphaely, who was aware of these challenges in our borough and was determined to gain support from like-minded people to help address them. 

Our recent report, Poverty and Prosperity in Kensington + Chelsea’, delves into the drivers of these inequalities, across education, health and employment to understand how, despite being in the top 10% of UK local economies, some of our neighbourhoods are amongst the poorest in the country. 

Our vision is of a borough where everyone has the opportunity to live happy, healthy, fulfilled lives.  To achieve this we:

  • Research and raise awareness of key social issues affecting our community
  • Identify and support impactful local projects that tackle these issues and improve the lives and life chances of our residents
  • Provide advice and guidance backed by data and our extensive local knowledge and networks to local businesses keen to make a different in the borough
  • Raise and direct funding to initiatives likely to have the greatest impact and make lasting change

Last year, the projects we support reached 28,907 residents with support and services providing a lifeline to those in crisis.  

Our Focus

Over the next 3-5 years, we plan to make a tangible difference in our community by:

  • Growing 3 investment portfolios, funding initiatives which provide targeted and tailored support to residents affected by poor mental health, unemployment and poor educational attainmentWe have already chosen 16 new partnerships which will make a difference to 6,000 people at risk over the next 3 years.
  • Providing direct support to residents struggling with the cost of living crisis including advice, guidance and financial help
  • Testing innovative and collaborative ideas to tackle some of our long-standing community issues
  • Identifying preventative and transformative solutions to deliver early interventions that reduce the number of residents reaching crisis

Support Us

To reach our goals, we need to partner with local philanthropists and businesses who are aligned with our aims and can invest in our portfolios and projects.  If you would like to know more about how you can get involved, please contact team@thekandcfoundation.com.

“They are an invaluable organisation that has listened to and understood the needs and ambitions of the local community and has raised valuable funds to support those needs.” 

Clare Richards, Chief Executive, The ClementJames Centre

Find out about the impact we are having in our community

Read our report and accounts