Since its inception in 1990, Stewarts has been actively involved in supporting a variety of charities.
The Stewarts Foundation was set up in 2010 to formalise and manage the firm’s charitable giving.
In 2017 the partners of Stewarts donated over £900,000 to The Stewarts Foundation to support its chosen causes.
To date, the Foundation has donated over £4m to over 150 charities.
The Foundation’s vision is to:
- Create opportunities for the disadvantaged in our society
- Treat people less fortunate than ourselves with compassion and respect
- Make a substantial social impact
The Foundation supports a small number of charities carefully selected by its Trustees through its grant-giving programme.
The Foundation refocused its grant giving principles in 2016 to include four key areas:
- Alleviating poverty
- Enabling access to justice
- Supporting disability
- Providing educational opportunity
As part of this, the Foundation committed to donating £1m over four years to the Access to Justice Foundation.
Charity of the Year
For the first time in 2017, the firm gave staff the opportunity to vote for the firm’s charity of the year.
Homeless charity Emmaus UK was selected and a donation was made to the charity enabling it to open a new centre in the north of England.
In addition, a series of fundraising events are planned by staff over the coming year to support Emmaus. The first of these is a ‘1,000km Cycle Challenge’, which will allow Stewarts employees to take part in various cycling events totalling over 1,000km.
The firm encourages participation in fundraising events and sponsors individuals for their efforts. We do not directly match funds, but often the amount donated by the firm exceeds that raised by the individual.
All money raised will go towards helping Emmaus open more centres around the country.