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.

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

Our vision, values and strategy

Our vision is to make Wales 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, and we inspire others to take action.

Our strategy for achieving this is here.

The difference we make

We are the most influential think tank in Wales.


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 – read their biographies here.

Trustees: Our Trustees are responsible for the charity – find out about the 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.


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.


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 2019/20 included:

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Friends Provident Foundation
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Chwarae Teg
  • Age Alliance Wales.

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

In Print

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Exchange 17: Autumn 2020

Wales’ best policy and politics magazine! This bumper issue reflects on the impact of Coronavirus on Wales’ economy and society, and highlights some ways forward to recover, renew and reset Wales in its aftermath. This issue includes articles by: Darren […] »

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Community cohesion in post pandemic Wales

Join us in our latest webinar to discuss the value of investing in social cohesion  in a post- pandemic Wales Photo by Katie Moum on Unsplash While the pandemic has been first and foremost a public health issue, individuals and […] »