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 Wales’ most challenging problems and 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.

 

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

Our vision, values and strategy

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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 100 new ideas to change Wales and improve people’s lives. We draw on evidence such as statistics and people’s experiences, to inform our solutions, 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 help to create equality, justice and prosperity for everyone in Wales

The difference we make

Annual review 2Our proposals are discussed and often adopted by a wide range of public and third sector organisations as well as by businesses and individuals.  Our news page provides updates as they happen, and our Annual Review rounds up the difference we’ve made over a year.

Since we were established, we have published more than 80 reports, books and pamphlets, more than 800 print and online articles, and more than 2,500 people have attended our events. We’ve shaped the public policy and debate, and made a real difference to people’s lives.

Find out more in our Annual Reviews:

Our team

Staff:

Our Director is Dr Victoria Winckler, who is a leading contributor to public policy in Wales.  Read her biography here.

The other staff are:

  • Rachael Simmonds, Finance Officer
  • Lucy Stone, Policy & Research Officer
  • Steffan Evans, Policy & Research Officer

Trustees:

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.

Our other Trustees bring a wealth of skills and experience from the public, private and voluntary sectors – find out more about them 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

Individ A6 extractHundreds of individuals support the Bevan Foundation enabling us to speak out, develop solutions and make a difference. Find out how you can stand up for a fair Wales.

Organisations

Organisations ranging from local authorities and government departments to charities and businesses support us with a subscription and benefit from unique insights and opportunities to learn and network with others. Find out more about the benefits.

Grants and Commissions

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

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • Community Housing Cymru.

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

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In Print

Supporter Magazine

Exchange Issue 11, Summer 2018

The magazine with its finger on the pulse! The latest edition of our exclusive supporters’ magazine brings together a range of contributors to explore some of the most current and important issues in Welsh public life. New free extract for Read more »

Exchange Issue 10, Spring 2018

“Refreshing, timely and balanced – Exchange has its finger on the pulse” The latest edition of our exclusive supporters’ magazine brings together a range of contributors to explore some of the most current and important issues in Welsh public life. Read more »

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Other Publications

After Brexit: The role of higher education

How should Wales’ universities respond to a post-Brexit Wales? This think piece sets out some ideas. Brexit has potentially deep and far-reaching effects for many organisations, including Wales’ universities. As well as the immediate impacts on staff, students, funding and Read more »

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Events

November 8th 2018

The New Working Class with Claire Ainsley

Thought-leader talks Claire Ainsley, Executive Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) talks about her ground-breaking book The New Working Class: how to win hearts, minds and votes The majority of people in the UK identify as working class, yet no Read more »