Our vision

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A fair, prosperous and sustainable Wales for all.

Our values

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We are independent, informed, inspiring and inclusive in everything we do.

Our aims

To create insights, ideas and impact that end poverty and inequality.

What we do



We develop insights by listening to people’s experiences, analysing data and bringing expert thought-leaders to a wider audience via briefings, articles, seminars and conferences.



We use robust evidence and the exchange of ideas and good practice to generate innovative, practical and lasting solutions to improve people’s lives and transform Wales.



We inspire decision-makers in government, public bodies and the third and private sectors to take action. We inform public policy through impartial engagement with the political arena, sharing resources and comment in the media.

Our story

The Bevan Foundation was founded in 2001 to strengthen public policy after devolution. 

We took our name from Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS, because of a shared commitment to social justice, although the Foundation is firmly non-partisan.

Since then we have made a significant contribution to public policy:

  • Our call for economic justice for the south Wales valleys resulted in two Welsh Government development programmes in the 2000s.
  • We were instrumental in shaping the 2007-11 Welsh Assembly Government’s ‘progressive programme’ and in making poverty a priority for the 2011-6 administration.
  • We put the question of new, devolved taxes into the public arena and informed the Welsh Government’s proposals to use its new taxation powers in the 2016-21 government.
  • We were key in stopping the abolition of help with the costs of school uniform for poor children.
  • We successfully campaigned for families to receive cash in lieu of a free school meal when schools closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • We improved access for people on low incomes to devolved grants and allowances, such as free school meals and council tax reduction. 

In 2020-21 we also:

  • published 30 reports, more than 100 online articles and 17 briefings
  • had UK, Welsh and specialist media coverage
  • had 41,000 website visitors and 12,500 social media followers
  • had 600 people attend our events
  • gave expert evidence to five Welsh Parliament inquiries and three UK Parliament inquiries
  • were quoted 50 times by MSs from all parties in Senedd business and contributed to Senedd research

Our funding

Many people and organisations enable the Foundation to make a big impact.


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


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

Trusts and Foundations

Specific projects are supported by charitable trusts and foundations, and occasionally by public or third sector bodies and businesses. 

Current and recent funders include:

  • Friends Provident Foundation
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • The National Lottery
  • Standard Life Foundation
  • UnLtd
  • Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil
  • Welsh Government Foundational Economy Challenge Fund

We are a registered charity no. 1104191 and company limited by guarantee no. 4175018

Because of us…


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