Wales' most innovative and influential think tank

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About Us

The Bevan Foundation is Wales’ most influential and innovative think tank.  We develop lasting solutions to poverty, inequality and injustice and we help to improve people’s lives.

We believe Wales should be a nation of equality, justice and prosperity, a nation where everyone has a decent standard of living, a healthy and fulfilling life, and a voice in the decisions that affect them.  Instead, a shocking number of people’s lives are blighted by inequality, injustice and poverty, with little hope of change.

We are independent, are not aligned with any political party and do not receive government funding.   We rely on the generosity of our donors to make a difference.

If you share our vision for Wales, please support us today.

Our vision, values and strategy

Our vision is to see equality, justice and prosperity for everyone in Wales, to make ours a nation where everyone has a decent standard of living, a healthy and fulfilled life, and a voice in the decisions that affect them.

Our values are high standards, independence and transparency in everything we do, without fear or favour. Our statement on independence is here.

Our ambition is to generate solutions that solve Wales’ problems and improve people’s lives. We draw on people’s experiences as well as expert insights to inform our proposals, and we persuade governments, public bodies, the third sector, businesses and individuals to take action.

Our strategy for achieving this is here.

We need your support to create equality, justice and prosperity for everyone in Wales

 

The difference we make

We are the most influential think tank in Wales.

Solutions

Our solutions are adopted by the Welsh Government, other public bodies, charities, businesses and individuals.  In the last year we have strengthened public policy by:

  • Stimulating debate about Universal Credit and devolving social security benefits
  • Highlighting the need for action to solve child poverty
  • Shaping the narrative about immigration to Wales

Stronger democracy

We provided evidence to support challenge and scrutiny of decisions. In 2018/19 we:

  • Gave expert evidence to three National Assembly for Wales inquiries
  • Were quoted 50 times by AMs from all parties in National Assembly for Wales business and in the House of Lords
  • Contributed to Assembly research

Increasing understanding

We have increased collective knowledge and understanding by through high quality articles, reports and events:

  • We published 46 online articles, 10 briefings and 7 reports
  • We had UK, Welsh and specialist media coverage
  • We had 46,000 website visitors and 11,000 social media followers
  • 600 people attended our events

Our news page provides updates as they happen, and our Annual Review rounds up the difference we’ve made over a year.

Inspiring action

Through our work we:

  • Inspired community action to solve ‘holiday hunger’ across Wales
  • Reinstated government help for low income families with the cost of school uniforms
  • Stimulated further education providers to review their charging policies

Find out more in our Annual Review

Download your copy of our 2018/19 Annual Review below:

 

 

Our team

Staff:

Our team are based in a small office in Merthyr Tydfil

Director: Dr Victoria Winckler

Policy & Research Officer: Helen Cunningham

Policy & Research Officer: Dr Steffan Evans

Finance Officer: Rachael Simmonds

Marketing Consultant: Georgina Lewindon

Read their biographies here.

Trustees

Our Trustees are responsible for the charity.

Our Chair, Vivienne Sugar, leads our board of trustees. She is a consultant working with organisations across the UK, and was previously chair of Consumer Focus Wales, Chief Executive of the City & County of Swansea and Pro Chancellor at Swansea University.

Find out about the full board here.

Our funding

We are funded by a mix of donations, subscriptions and charitable grants, and by commissions for which we operate as a social enterprise. We do not receive funding from any political party.

Donations

Hundreds of individuals support the Bevan Foundation, either with one-off or regular donations. Their support enables us to speak out, develop solutions and make a difference.

 

Organisations

More than 100 organisations of all kinds benefit from the unique insights and opportunities to learn and network with others that we offer.

Grants and Commissions

Specific projects are supported by charitable trusts and foundations, and occasionally by public or third sector bodies and businesses.  Funders in 2017/18 included:

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Community Union
  • Community Housing Cymru
  • Universities Wales
  • Wales Co-operative Centre.

Our full annual report and accounts are available on the Charity Commission website

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In Print

Exchange Magazine »

Exchange, Issue 15 Autumn 2019

Wales’ best policy and politics magazine! The latest edition of Exchange, Wales’ best policy and politics magazine, provides more insights into the current and important issues in Welsh public life. Our Autumn 2019 article includes: Julie Morgan AM, Deputy Minister […] »

Events »

Roundtable: The Welsh Benefits System – Housing (south)

The support available for low income families has a significant impact on their likelihood of living in poverty. As part of its project to better understand how that support is made available in Wales, the Bevan Foundation is delighted to […] »