Our Philanthropy Programme is designed to encourage our employees to become more active in charitable organisations. The grants provided by the COFRA Foundation address themes such as climate change and inequality, and at Bregal we are especially focused on education and training, services for ‘at risk’ youth and families, as well as climate change.
COFRA Foundation grants
The COFRA Foundation funds employee philanthropy activities across the COFRA businesses, in the spirit of engagement and commitment to the communities they live in and work with. Through its programme, the COFRA Foundation wants to connect and inspire colleagues across the globe to contribute to causes close to their hearts.
committed since inception in 2011
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Pajama Program – Good nights for all
The Pajama Program serves children at risk across the US by offering them new pajamas and books so that they can enjoy bedtime. Since inception in 2001, it has delivered 6 million good nights to children affected by poverty.
2019 donation: $35,000
City Harvest – Making a big impact on hunger and food waste
City Harvest collects surplus food from all segments of the food industry including restaurants, grocers, manufacturers, wholesalers, hotels, caterers and most recently, farms and delivers to organisations that provide meals to vulnerable people including homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food banks, children's programmes, centres for the elderly, and refuges for women experiencing domestic violence.
2020 donation: €50,000
New York Sun Works – Educating youth on sustainability
New York Sun Works builds innovative science labs in urban schools to educate students and teachers about the science of sustainability. It envisions a generation of environmental innovators, empowered to create solutions to global resource challenges.
2019 donation: $40,000
Matching grant programme
We are a socially conscientious firm which supports, through the COFRA Foundation, charitable causes throughout the world. Through this programme, the COFRA Foundation will match any charitable contribution by a sponsoring employee from €100 up to €5,000 made during any current calendar year.
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organisations supported annually
Mind V – Providing support to people with mental health problems
For more than 60 years Mind has worked to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems. Through public campaigns, government lobbying and more than 1,000 services delivered in communities across England and Wales, the charity has touched millions of lives.
2019 donation: €1,274
Educational First Steps – Improving education for disadvantaged children
Educational First Steps improves the quality and availability of early childhood education for disadvantaged children by transforming existing daycare centres in the most vulnerable neighbourhoods in North Texas into nationally accredited pre-schools.
2019 donation: €3,274
Achilles International – Building confidence through participation in mainstream athletics
Achilles International operates in more than 65 locations in the US with a mission to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.
2019 donation: €437
We champion a responsible investment approach focused on creating long-term, sustainable value and are conscious of the responsibilities we have towards all our stakeholders.
Bregal Helps Initiative
In early 2020, together with the COFRA Foundation, senior Bregal employees also established a €3 million Bregal Helps Initiative to help our portfolio companies support their local communities affected by Covid-19.