The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is the primary vehicle for Their Royal Highnesses' philanthropic work
It develops programmes and charitable projects based on the charitable interests of Their Royal Highnesses by working with organisations which are already making a proven impact in their respective fields.
The Royal Foundation provides additional investment, mentoring, support and partnerships for these programmes, and lends its own profile and leverage to enhance the effect of their good work.
The Royal Foundation currently works in three areas which reflect the shared interest of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. These are:
Armed Forces - Promoting the welfare of those who are serving or who have served their country in the Armed Forces.
Young People - Helping children and young people to build their skills, confidence and aspirations.
Conservation - Supporting communities to protect and conserve their natural resources for future generations.
The Royal Foundation has already supported a number of successful projects, these include:
Coach Core was created to provide young people aged 16-21 years old who are not in education, training or employment with the opportunity to become qualified sports coaches who can inspire their peers. It aims to guide the apprentices into meaningful employment and enable them to commit to a sustained involvement in sports coaching in their communities. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched Coach Core in July 2012 the day prior to the London Olympics, partnering with Greenhouse charity to deliver the programme in London.
The Royal Foundation has also piloted Coach Core in Glasgow partnering with Glasgow Life where it is hoped it will be a legacy for the Commonwealth Games 2014. The American Friends of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry has also supported the launch of Project Coach in New York, in partnership with Harlem RBI.
United for Wildlife
United for Wildlife is an unprecedented collaboration between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organisations and the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The partnership is a long-term commitment to tackle the global challenges to the world’s natural resources so they can be safeguarded for future generations. The Duke of Cambridge is President of the collaboration. The partnership harnesses the resources and expertise of global leaders in business, communications, technology and the creative industries to tackle a common, universal challenge. The alliance aims to lead the way in delivering effective responses to, and raising awareness of, conservation crises. It will also focus particularly on engaging and inspiring young people and the next generation of conservation leaders.
M-PACT Plus is an initiative to support children, parents and families affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse. The project involves training school staff to identify children affected by a parent's drug or alcohol misuse. It then brings families together to work with trained practitioners. The project is funded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Comic Relief. It is delivered in schools by two charities for which The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron: children’s mental health charity Place2Be and Action on Addiction, one of the UK’s leading voices on addiction. By identifying this issue in children in school where the effects are often most apparent - it aims to develop children’s resilience, improve communication in families, and equip them with coping strategies.
The Invictus Games was established by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry along with The Ministry of Defence, and presented by Jaguar Land Rover. The first ever Invictus Games saw 413 competitors from 13 nations compete for gold in nine sports, as well as a driving challenge, over 5 days in London in September 2014. Some 79,000 spectators attended the sporting events, Opening Ceremony and Closing Concert and more than 10m viewers watched the Games on television. The huge success of the Invictus Games has seen the challenges facing leavers from the Armed forces, both injured and uninjured, in the public eye like never before.
As part of The Royal Foundation’s commitment to supporting ex-service personnel, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry aim to continue to work on programmes to increase awareness in civilian employment of the benefits of including service leavers at all levels of recruitment.