The Foundation publishes its first Impact Report

In line with the Foundation’s commitment to transparency and continuous improvement, we are delighted to publish our first Impact Report.

The Impact Report, which covers the financial year 2018/19, sets out the impact that the Foundation’s work has made in respect of its three over-arching strategic priorities of:

  • Promoting strong and cohesive communities
  • Enabling young people to realise their potential
  • Empowering women and girls

Trustees are committed to delivering significant, long-term and sustainable impact on the issues about which the charity most cares.

To assess progress in meeting these objectives and to inform future work, trustees commissioned independent consultants Bean Research to work with the executive team to develop the Foundation’s first impact report.

The advice of Bean Research ensured that trustees had the benefit of leading independent advice in assessing the difference the Foundation’s funding has delivered.

The Impact Report shows that in 2018/19, 58,245 people benefitted from COSARAF-funded projects.  Of these,

  • 14,204 received immediate relief
  • 17,890 experienced a positive change in behaviour
  • For 855 individuals, we have solid evidence of transformed sustained outcomes having been delivered
  • 672 facilitators were trained or supported, and are now able to support more people

Through the Foundation’s Ramadan Fund, an amazing 12,640 food parcels were distributed in Pakistan, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kashmir & India.  In addition, 

  • Dates were distributed to Syrian refugees in Hertfordshire to break their fast
  • A water station was built in Gaza, Palestine
  • Support was provided to build a new school in Bagh, Pakistan

Beyond these numbers, the Foundation’s support delivered wider ‘ripple effects’ including:

  • Schools changed approaches in Kenya
  • Improved integration of refugees in Hertfordshire
  • Inter-faith sports engagement for women in Birmingham

Reflecting on the Foundation’s work ahead, CEO Jonathan Freeman stated:

“The Foundation’s trustees, rightly, are focussed on the difference that our grants make to the real lives of those we are committed to helping.  This new Impact Report shows that the Foundation’s new strategic focus is paying dividends, with some incredible achievements delivered by our partners and through our programmes.  However, all of us involved in the charity know that we have so much more to do to deliver the game-changing differences to deliver the Foundation’s vision of a world where all people have the opportunity to thrive.”

The report is available to download COSARAF Foundation Impact Report 2020.

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