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Supporting charities and good causes in the UK

From giving individual donations to supporting annual campaigns, the Charitable Foundation is a registered charity that's always getting involved.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

The Charitable Foundation is a registered charity (number 1069082), independent of the YBS Group, and is run by two internal and three external trustees. It's their role to decide which good causes will receive support from the Charitable Foundation.

Since it made its first donation in 1999, the Charitable Foundation has made a difference to local communities across the UK by donating over £6 million to charities and good causes. In 2015 the Charitable Foundation donated over £392,000 to charities and good causes, with 89% of donations given to causes nominated by Society customers and colleagues.

The interactive map below shows donations given to charities and good causes that successfully applied for support in 2015 and 2016 so far, excluding small donations paid through the Charitable Foundation’s annual campaigns.


The majority of the Charitable Foundation’s funding comes from Society members who participate in the Small Change Big Difference® scheme. Members can join at any time by filling in this form.

Small Change Big Difference Event – 19 September to 15 October

In recognition of members, who largely fund the Charitable Foundation through the Small Change Big Difference scheme, we would like to invite you to recommend a local charity to be considered for a £100 donation.

The Charitable Foundation would like to give back to small local charities, which, were it not for your recommendation may otherwise be overlooked and even a small donation of £100 will make a difference to their activities.

To make a recommendation please visit your local branch or agency from Monday 19 September to Saturday 15 October or contact our call centre on 03451200100. The details you will need are;

  • The name and address of the charity
  • The registered charity number (if known)
  • The cheque payee (not payable to individuals under any circumstances)
  • Your contact details, if you would like to know if your recommendation was successful

Donations to successful recommendations will be made in November and we hope that this support will make a real difference in your community.

Do you want to apply for funding?

If you're a registered charity or charitable cause, you could get financial support from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

Small Change Big Difference® scheme

An easy and impactful way for customers to support the Charitable Foundation by donating the pennies of their interest earned once a year.

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