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.

Subscriptions and donations

More than 100 organisations of all kinds have a subscription to our unique insights and opportunities to learn and network with others. Each contributes £400 (£300 for charities).

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.

In 2021/22 subscriptions and donations raised a total of £68,070.

Trusts and Foundations

Specific projects are supported by charitable trusts and foundations. Funders in 2021-22 that contributed more than £5,000 were:

  • Abrdn Financial Fairness Trust (£50,000)
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation (£94,719)
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation (£20,000)
  • Wales Council for Voluntary Action Third Sector Resilience Fund (£46,310)
  • Waterloo Foundation (£15,000)

Some of grants awarded include sums that were re-granted to community groups.

The charity also received grants from four funders of less than £5,000 each which are listed in its annual report and accounts.

Other income

The Bevan Foundation generates income from providing training and organising events (£6,922 in 2021/22), and small-scale commissioned research (contributions over £5,000 were received from Beth Winter MP (£8,250)).

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

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