Who we are
We were established on St David’s Day in 2001 as a company limited by guarantee (no. 4175018), owned by and accountable to its members. We registered as a charity (no. 1104191) in 2004. We celebrated our 10th birthday with this short summary of our achievements.
Our small team, lead by our Director Dr Victoria Winckler, operates from our office in Merthyr Tydfil. We are managed by a board of Trustees.
Who was Bevan?
We take our name from Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS and welfare state. Although he was a Labour politician, Aneurin Bevan is today remembered for his achievements to make society fairer. He was voted Wales’s no. 1 hero in an online poll in 2004, and is is commemorated across Wales and the UK with statues, building and street names, and the names of numerous organisations.
Find out more about Aneurin Bevan from the Nye Bevan Society.
Right now, one in four people live in poverty in Wales and thousands of people do not achieve their full potential because of lack of opportunity and discrimination.
We believe these problems need to be solved by changing our economy and society, to eradicate the causes of poverty and inequality not just the symptoms. We need to understand how to make the changes, and put forward the case for change to the public, government and other bodies.
What we do
We develop ideas about how to make Wales a better place and work with others to turn ideas into action.
Our ideas are based on high quality research into the causes of injustice, working with people affected. You can find out more about what we are working on at the moment on our current projects page. We urge government, public bodies and civil society to take action by:
- publishing articles and reports,
- commenting in the media and giving presentations on our work,
- holding conferences, seminars and other events.
We are making a difference! Public bodies of all kinds take notice of what we say and include our ideas in their work – we are regularly quoted by politicians from all parties in debates in the Senedd and Parliament.
We comment in the Welsh and UK media, and make frequent keynote presentations to leading conferences, seminars and discussions so that people can develop our ideas in their own organisations.
How We Are Funded
The Bevan Foundation doesn’t get core funding from government or any political party and we don’t have money of our own. We are funded by a mixture of membership and donations, plus grants and commissions to do research. Anyone who shares our aims is very welcome to join – find out more on our join us page.
We also welcome commissions to undertake small or large-scale projects – recent clients include the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Powys County Council, Big Lottery Fund Wales and Welsh Government. To discuss commissioning research, please contact us.
Our funding partners
We work with organisations in the third sector, public sector and private sector who share the aim of making Wales a fair and equal nation.
We are proud to be charity partners of Green Man Festival, the UK’s leading ethical celebration of music, literature and science held in Crickhowell, August 15-18th 2013.
We had a great year in 2012 and are thrilled to be working with them again.
We are also grateful for the ongoing support of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Unison, Older People’s Commission, PCS, Community and GMB Union.
In the last financial year (2012/13), our income totalled £158,884. We were pleased to work with a wide range of organisations – the following contributed more than £5,000 to specific projects:
- Age Cymru
- Chwarae Teg
- Co-operative Membership Wales
- Heads of the Valleys Education Programme
- Joseph Rowntree Foundation
- Oxfam Cymru
- RNIB Cymru
- Wales Co-operative Centre
Find out more about what we do in our Annual Reviews below or you can see our full accounts on the Charity Commission website.
- Annual Review for 2012/13
- Annual Review for 2011/12
- Annual Review for 2010/11
- Annual Review for 2009/10