William Davis's Educational Foundation
William Davis’s Educational Foundation owes its origins to the generosity and forward thinking of William Davis (1766-1854), a prosperous City of London merchant, industrialist and founder of the Prudential Assurance Company. William was an advanced thinking city philanthropist, founding the National Society in 1811 and the Whitechapel Society in 1813 for the education of the poor.
Today William Davis’s Educational Foundation is a charity supporting schools in the Anglican Diocese of London. The Foundation is a “Pathfinder Charity”, dedicated to finding ways forward, testing and proving practical ideas and suggestions for the education of younger children. As they embrace the many different challenges of this century, the Foundation aims to help them develop resilience, expertise, confidence and courage.
Minerva has been retained to advise the Trustees of the Foundation and to assist in raising funds for a number of key school projects in some of the most deprived areas of London.
St Peter’s Church, Brackley
It is believed that the site at St Peter’s in Brackley has been used for worship since the seventh century.
The oldest parts of the present church are Norman and date from about 1100. The Norman church was in the shape of a cross with transepts to the north and the south of the nave. This was shorter than the present church, which now has a longer nave and chancel.
The Church is Grade 1 listed.
St Peter’s is a welcoming parish church for all ages, committed to following and sharing the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is also an important community asset in Brackley and is the oldest building in the town.
In 2023 St Peter’s celebrates its 800th Anniversary, and is marking the occasion by a capital campaign to raise funds for major maintenance works and improvements to the facilities the Church offers.
This year Minerva has been invited to advise the Vicar and Campaign Management Team on the planning and execution of this exciting project.
UK Veterans Hearing Foundation (UKVHF)
The UK Veterans Hearing Foundation was created to help UK Veterans of all ages, ethnicities and gender to be able to access quality hearing aids, with support for associated tinnitus and mental health issues caused by their military service.
The Foundation provides a vital service for veterans who are unable to get the equipment and support they need through NHS sources.
In 2020 the Foundation achieved the highest level (Gold) in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. The scheme provides an award for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community.
UKVHF currently helps around 17 veterans a year to access the treatment and the equipment they need – but there are many more UK-wide who need this unique service.
Minerva has been retained to expand UKVHF’s fundraising programme with the aim that the number of ex-serviceman and women with hearing loss helped each year is trebled.
Encompass is a registered charity which supports homeless people and those suffering from addiction through the provision of temporary residential accommodation, rehabilitation programmes, and assistance in finding permanent accommodation and jobs.
New opportunities to expand the charity’s vital work with disadvantaged people have led to a need for increased fundraising for a variety of projects.
Minerva Fundraising has been retained on a 12 month contract to help ENFG achieve its aims in its vital work for the community.
I have worked with Minerva Fundraising Consultancy for over 20 years and have found them to be very successful both in raising money for specific projects and for general running costs. I would be happy to recommend them to others.
Richard Massey, Chairman of Trustees
Nene Valley Care Trust
Nene Valley Care Trust (NVCT) helps young people leaving the care system. It was set up in 2008 by three people whose experience as county councillors and magistrates showed them that the needs of these young people were not being fully met.
NVCT’s aim is to help these youngsters – many of whom suffer from mental health problems – into work. This is achieved by guiding them through the education they have missed, arranging the training they need and helping them access work experience, apprenticeships and jobs.
Minerva has been retained to raise funds from new sources for existing and future planned projects.