Coram has received £4m from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which is the largest single grant in its history.
It will use the grant to develop its existing programmes, including through the provision of legal services for vulnerable children and their families. Last year Coram had a total income of £19.7m.
The grant will also be used to fund a project called The Hamlyn Endowment for the Rights and Voice of Children, which will develop a Children’s Rights Centre the charity runs, provide helplines, training and internships to those involved in children’s rights, and boost the charity’s reach in the sector.
Dr Carol Homden CBE, chief executive of Coram, said: “We are creating the space to bring together people from all walks of life to champion a better world where all children have the chance and the resources they need to live a fulfilling life. Sadly, today, still too many children and young people in the UK do not get the help and support they need, and this generous gift from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation will enable us to advance the Coram children’s rights centre and to realise our ambitious plans for the future.”
Moira Sinclair, chief executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, added: “We know just how valuable long term, consistent and flexible funding can be to organisations. At a time when civil society is under financial stress, and the world around us feels increasingly fractured, we feel the need to act, to show our backing for some key organisations, ones that we see as critical to and influential in the sectors we support, and it is for this reason that we have made this decision to endow Coram.”