We support locally-led action, building knowledge around the issues people tell us they care about. We work collaboratively to improve lives and address shared challenges, driving social change for stronger communities and a fairer future.

Our founder, the social researcher and innovator Michael Young, laid down The Young Foundation’s roots in 1954. We have a long and a proud history of community-led innovation, incubating more than 80 new organisations – including The Open University, The School for Social Entrepreneurs, Year HereSocial Innovation Exchange, and many others.

The Young Foundation is devoted to fighting inequality through trailblazing research and by working with communities. Their ethos of ‘doing with’ people – rather than people ‘being done to’ – is vital. They have a cracking track record of creating and supporting the scaling-up of social innovations that have really made a difference to people’s lives.

Lord John Bird, Editor in Chief, the Big Issue

The Power of Participation

Our ambitious five-year strategy embodies the spirit of our founder, the social entrepreneur Michael Young, to embrace collective effort, redesigning the social contract between people, communities, state and business – and shaping a fairer, greener future.

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Community research

We are a not-for-profit tackling societal issues with a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach.

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Social innovation

Involving people from diverse sectors to shape game-changing initiatives.

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