Have you signed into your Membership account recently? Well you might have noticed that as well as being able to choose from three local causes, you can also choose to give your 1% to the Co-op Foundation.

The Co-op Foundation is our own charity which helps disadvantaged communities work together to make things better. By choosing them you’ll be supporting their work to tackle youth loneliness in the most deprived communities in the UK.

The Foundation has three goals over the next 3 years:

  • To champion young people’s ability to contribute positively to their communities and help strengthen their sense of belonging
  • To invest in disadvantaged communities’ capacity to overcome social, economic or environmental challenges
  • To build our reputation as a trusted charity with a co-operative difference, uniting with others to make sustainable impact in communities

The Foundation was set up by the Co-op with an endowment fund that covers all its day-to-day running costs. Our Chairman Allan Leighton also donates his salary to the Co-op Foundation every year. This means that 100% of the money donated goes directly to community projects.

You can find out why the Co-op Foundation is so close to Allan’s heart in this short video:

NOTE: we know you can’t watch videos in store. This is available on our YouTube channel for you to watch from any device.