The Berkeley Foundation was crowned 'Business of the Year' at the 2020 Business Charity Awards, in recognition of its work with youth charity The Change Foundation on the Street Elite programme.
Street Elite uses sport to upskill young people impacted by violence and inequality in some of London's hardest-to-reach areas, and supports them into making positive life choices. The nine-year partnership was also acknowledged with a win in the 'Mid Term Partnership' category.
"The Berkeley Foundation is a great example of an organisation going above and beyond to embed a culture of supporting community causes at all levels," said Business Charity Awards judge Orlaith McGuinness, LBG development coordinator at Corporate Citizenship.
"Berkeley's commitment to the communities it serves is only further strengthened by the outstanding level of employee engagement across the group."
Alongside the recognition for Street Elite, the Foundation took home the Consortium Award for The Money House programme, together with partners MyBnk, JP Morgan Chase Foundation and L&Q Foundation. The Money House is an innovative and effective homelessness prevention programme that supports care leavers to manage their money and live independently.
The wider reach of the Foundation was recognised in its fourth trophy - the Corporate Foundation Award.
Sally Dickinson, Head of Berkeley Foundation, said:
"It is brilliant to be recognised for the work we are doing to support young people in our local communities in partnership with an inspiring group of charity partners.
"We believe in the power of long-term partnerships. Both the programmes recognised here today, Street Elite and The Money House, demonstrate the difference that can be made to young people's lives through strong cross-sector partnerships which are founded on good youth work and driven by the needs of young people themselves.
"This is very much a team effort. I'd like to thank all of our charity partners for their enormous commitment to serving our communities, as well Berkeley Group for its ongoing support of our work, and staff across the company for getting involved by fundraising, volunteering, sharing their skills, mentoring young people and so much more."
A summary of the winning entries can be found here: