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The Burberry Foundation welcomes two new charity partners in support of youth empowerment

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The Burberry Foundation is delighted to announce two new partnerships with charitable enterprises International Youth Foundation (IYF) and OnSide as it enters the next phase of its Responsibility strategy.

With a focus on empowering young people, The Burberry Foundation will work closely with both organisations to support initiatives that help youth across the globe to broaden their employability skills, enhance their creativity and reach their potential.

Caroline Laurie, VP of Corporate Responsibility, Burberry commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with IYF and OnSide. Our commitment to supporting communities is rooted in our heritage and by empowering the next generation and elevating youth voices, we can help our communities thrive. Together, with our combined passion and shared values, we will provide many young people with opportunities to make a positive difference around the world.”

Susan Reichle, President & CEO, International Youth Foundation added: “IYF is proud and excited to partner with The Burberry Foundation to make a meaningful impact in the lives of young people and their communities. Of course, all young people possess amazing potential, but unfortunately not every young person has the same opportunity to discover it—much less unlock it. Together, The Burberry Foundation and IYF—along with amazing community-based partners—will provide young people with the opportunity and skills they need to unlock their creative power. Together, we’ll equip, support, and inspire young people to transform their lives, communities, and the world.”

Kathryn Morley, Chief Executive, OnSide also added: “Youth Zones are safe inspiring spaces designed to support young people to develop their passions and their purpose. Creativity and the arts can have a transformational impact on young people, helping them understand more about themselves, their community and the wider world. We are excited to be working with The Burberry Foundation to unlock the creative potential of young people across the OnSide network through a wide range of innovative projects that will give them new opportunities to create, learn and grow.”

This announcement follows the launch of Burberry’s first social impact report, ‘Positively Impacting 1 Million People 2017-2022’, which details the various programmes and initiatives that Burberry, The Burberry Foundation and a range of partners have supported over the last five years to surpass a goal of positively impacting 1 million people.

Highlights of the social impact report include:  

  • A total of 1.2 million people positively impacted through community engagement programmes 
  • Over 33,000 volunteer hours dedicated by Burberry employees to impactful community projects 
  • 245,000 people supported through humanitarian relief, COVID-19 vaccinations and other charitable donations

Find out more about our commitment to positively impacting communities around the world in the social impact report here 

Notes to editors

About IYF

IYF® stands by, for, and with young people. Founded in 1990, IYF is a global nonprofit with programs directly benefiting 7.7 million young people and operations spanning over 100 countries so far. Together with local community-based organizations and a network of corporate, foundation, and multilateral partners, we connect young people with opportunities to transform their lives. We believe that educated, employed, engaged young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems. Our vision is to see young people inspired and equipped to realize the future they want. IYF: Transforming Lives, Together.

About OnSide

OnSide is a national charity that believes all young people should have the opportunity to discover their passion and their purpose. We fund and build state-of-the-art, multimillion-pound Youth Zones in the country’s most economically disadvantaged areas. We train the amazing people that run them. We offer continuing support – and the nationwide OnSide Network where they can learn and grow, share and celebrate their success together.

Youth Zones are brand new, purpose-built spaces fizzing with energy, and crammed with incredible facilities. They offer 20 activities each night ranging from football, climbing and media to skating, DJ-ing, drama and employability training with entry costing just 50p along with a £5 membership. They are staffed by skilled and dedicated youth workers who truly believe in young people – helping them see what they could achieve, and giving them the skills, confidence and ambition to go for it.

Over 50,000 young people are already members across the OnSide network at our 14 Youth Zones – with a number of other Youth Zones are currently at different stages of development including Grimsby, Hammersmith & Fulham and Barnsley.

Each Youth Zone is an independent charity with its own private sector-led board. This model of local ownership is a key factor in ensuring the financial sustainability of each Youth Zone. The Youth Zone provides a way for local communities to actively support their young people between the age of 8 and 19 (25 for those with additional needs). Visit for more details.

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