Press release

The PA Foundation publishes its first annual report and announces grant donations of over £1.2m in year one towards STEM and skills education

15 June 2023

The PA Foundation has announced that it distributed over £1.2 million of grant-based funding in 2022 in its inaugural annual report.

Published today, the report gives an insight into how The PA Foundation is delivering against its mission to develop and inspire people, particularly those facing disadvantage, to be the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. It also provides updates on initiatives established with its 20 charity partners to bridge accessibility gaps in the areas of STEM, digital skills training, and employment.

The PA Foundation, the independent charity partner of PA Consulting (PA) – the company that’s bringing ingenuity to life – has reaffirmed its funding commitment of £10 million over five years (2022-2027) towards targeted initiatives that increase access to opportunities for people in underserved communities or who face societal, cultural, or financial barriers.

In its first full year of operation, The PA Foundation has:

  • Distributed over £1.2 million in funding to 20 charity partners across the UK, US, Nordics, and the Netherlands
  • Got initiatives underway that will reach more than 3,000 people annually
  • Focused funding towards supporting people into decent work (74% of funding) and improved education outcomes, particularly in STEM fields (26% of funding).

The PA Foundation provides financial support to charities whose purposes focus on outcomes relating to education, skills, and employment. It partners with a diverse range of charities and non-profit organisations including:

  • Stemettes, to raise the visibility of technical careers among girls and young women in the UK through initiatives including coding bootcamps, hackathons, and in-class mentoring
  • Upwardly Global, to support under-employed immigrants, refugees, and asylees across the United States through coaching, job readiness, skills development, and access to employers
  • Laer for Livet, to strengthen the educational competencies of vulnerable children in Denmark through supportive learning, enabling them to complete an upper secondary education.

As well as financial support through The PA Foundation, charities also benefited from the contribution of PA people, who gave their time and expertise through volunteering in areas such as mentoring, digital skills training, and career workshops, enabling its charity partners to scale their impact, as well as through pro-bono consulting work.

Having personally worked in the innovation space for more than three decades, advising organisations of all shapes and sizes on building a better tomorrow, one thing has always stood out for me: having diverse people on the team with the skills and passion to innovate mattered. We want to equip the next generation to apply their ingenuity to solve the world's biggest challenges by supporting them to develop their skills and confidence as they enter employment.”
Chair of The PA Foundation Board of Trustees
I am so proud of what we have achieved over the last year. As a trustee I get to see first-hand how the grants we provide can transform people’s lives; from increasing educational access for children and young adults to overcoming the societal barriers that support displaced people into decent work. Over the next year I look forward to continuing to expand our partnerships and accelerate the impact we are having across our communities further.”
Interim Managing Director of PA Consulting, and a trustee of The PA Foundation

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