About the Aviva Foundation

The Aviva Foundation was originally set up to increase financial capability and inclusion, strengthen community resilience, and drive climate action.

Recognising the growing need to build more secure financial futures for people and communities, our focus has evolved.

The legacy of the Foundation’s focus on community resilience and climate action remain core elements of Aviva’s Sustainability Ambition. However, from 2023 onwards, the Foundation’s funding priorities will focus on helping people become more financially secure.

The Foundation is independent of Aviva.  The funds we use come from unclaimed assets on Aviva’s shareholder registry. These are shares and dividends where no owner can be found, money that would otherwise sit idle. Instead, the Foundation uses that money, along with other donations, for public benefit.

The Aviva Foundation is administered by Charities Trust under charity registration number 327489.

Helping people become more financially secure

The Aviva Foundation aims to help people and communities feel in control and positive about their financial futures.

Millions in the UK are struggling and worried about money. The cost-of-living crisis has only added to the stress for those already living on an economic knife-edge.

The Foundation funds organisations working on new ways to help people prevent and prepare for financial challenges, or deal with and recover from financial setbacks.

Our ambition is to tackle difficult problems in new ways. We give organisations the support and stability they need so they can use their expertise to innovate and transform the lives of those who need it the most.

Our impact:

The difference we’re making… our impact across 2022

Across 2022, 14,519 people directly benefited from programmes supported by the Foundation. Our 2022 impact report highlights how the Foundation supported our partners to build the financial resilience of people in UK, develop inclusive communities and prepare for climate change.

Download our 2022 Impact Summary report

Our impact… a summary of the organisations we are currently supporting

Browse through summaries of a selection of the organisations the Aviva Foundation is currently supporting.

Learn more about organisations the foundation is supporting

How we’ve helped

The Aviva Foundation funded a consortium formed of Talking Money, St. Paul’s Advice Centre and Advice UK. The money, along with expertise from Aviva colleagues, has helped them to rethink how they provide advice to people experiencing financial pressures in Bristol.

Our funding has helped them to test, develop and scale up new ways of improving the financial well-being of low-income communities.

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How we work

The Foundation funds charitable, non-profit and social enterprises that aim to improve people’s financial resilience - their ability to cope with money problems. We are also open to partnering with for-profit organisations that can demonstrate how their activities deliver clear public benefit, and are uniquely placed to meet our funding priorities.

Since its creation in 2018, we have committed over £8 million in grants to help people and communities. Based on our heritage, expertise and the level of need, the Foundation’s current funding priorities are to build understanding and explore alternative solutions that:

  • Support strategic initiatives to help individuals and communities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from financial challenges
  • Build financial inclusion – tackling inequality and discrimination to increase fair access to essential savings, protection and pensions, building resilience throughout the life course
  • Strengthen financial capability – developing skills to plan and manage finances, increasing savings behaviour

We seek to provide partners with support and security so they can experiment, innovate and try something new to challenge the status quo. This can include:

  • Creating and testing new, creative ways to tackle an entrenched or emerging issue relating to our funding priorities
  • Investing in approaches which will generate insights for others, with the potential to be replicable and to scale, influencing the way issues are seen and tackled in society
  • Forging new coalitions or alliances of diverse partners to address a problem in a different way
  • Developing a response that includes a community that have been previously excluded or underrepresented

Get in touch

Funding guidelines

If you are interested in learning more about the Aviva Foundation, the areas we fund and organisations we support, please read our funding guidelines.

These funding guidelines provide an overview of what we fund, how we fund, who we fund and why. They are intended to support organisations to decide whether to apply to the Foundation.

Learn more (PDF 2.7MB)

Contact us

After reviewing the funding guidelines (PDF 2.7MB) and our eligibility criteria, please contact: avivafoundation@aviva.com if you are interested in applying to the Foundation.