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 2019 the partners of Stewarts donated over £670,000 to The Stewarts Foundation to support its chosen causes.
To date, the Foundation has donated over £5.3m to over 180 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, all focused on UK charities:
- 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. This initial commitment ended in 2019 but the Foundation will continue to give to the Access to Justice Foundation for a further 5 years. The grant will be split between their provision of aid for legal advice centres and the cost of a new Access to Justice Centre and Network which will be the go-to centre for all things “Access to Justice” related.
Charities 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. For 2020 employees at Stewarts have selected Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice as the firm’s Charities of the Year. We have previously supported Emmaus in 2017, Chicks in 2018 and Ella’s Home and The Snowdrop Project in 2019.
Forget Me Not based in West Yorkshire, and Shooting Star Children’s Hospices based in Surrey, provide hospice services for children with life-limiting conditions, and support for their families.
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.