December 21, 2022
Harrison Foundation donations increase to £500,000 in 2022
More than £500,000 has been donated to charities across the UK by the Harrison Foundation and business partner True Potential in 2022.
The total figure is an increase of 25%, representing an extra £100,000, on donations made in 2021.
Beneficiaries this year include charities supporting young and vulnerable people, schools, hospices, homelessness charities and care providers offering support services to sick children.
This year has also seen a large expansion of the highly successful Harrison Centre for Social Mobility initiative, with new Harrison Centres opening in Darlington, Newcastle and online with the Open University. As well as the new centres, the partnership with the Foundation of Light in Sunderland, home of the first Harrison Centre, continues for a fifth year.
In addition to the £500,000 donated to charities in the UK is a multi-million pound commitment to build the first overseas Harrison Centre, due to open in the Caribbean in early 2023.
Harrison Foundation business partner True Potential, one of the UK’s largest financial technology firms, has contributed to the overall total through monthly fund-raising activities, nominated by many of their 450 employees.
Harrison Foundation trustee and True Potential Chief Executive, Daniel Harrison, said: “2022 has been a very challenging year for a lot of people in many different respects, with rising energy costs and higher prices across the board putting real pressure on community charities to stay afloat and continue the vital work they do. That’s why I’m proud that this year especially we’ve gone even further and increased our overall donations by 25% to reach £500,000.
“In particular, I am delighted that we have expanded the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility model, opening new centres and ensuring that thousands more young people will have the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to find ways into employment.
“A highlight this year was seeing our founder, Sir David Harrison, receive a Knighthood that recognises his decades of work to increase social mobility through his businesses and the Harrison Foundation.
“I’m looking forward to working with Sir David as well as our long-standing and new partners in 2023.”