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We think banking should be about more than just interest rates and statements.

We want to use our expertise to do some good in the world – through helping charities, communities and the environment.

Virgin Money Foundation

The Virgin Money Foundation is an independent foundation set up by Virgin Money to help people change their communities for the better. The Foundation was launched in August 2015 and has awarded almost £2million to charities in the North East of England.

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We know there are many enterprising people out there doing great things to transform the places they live in and love. We've been inspired by some of the work already underway in communities, making a long lasting difference to people's lives.

In 2015 the Virgin Money Foundation was launched with £8million of funding from the UK Government and Virgin Money to work together with the vision and drive of local people to help transform lives and re-energise communities.

Its ambition is to find and support people and organisations who want to make a real difference in the areas that need it most. Initially the Foundation is focusing its work on the North East of England but in time will expand to operate in other areas of the UK.

Currently Virgin Money Foundation supports charities in the following ways:

North East Fund

Over 2015 and 2016 the Foundation have made £2million of funding available to charities and social enterprises in the North East working in three key areas: The provision of affordable housing to those facing homelessness; support for young people to gain sustainable employment and the generation of new social enterprises.

Ripple Fund

A new fund, through which the Foundation will work with organisations seeking investment in projects that will make a real and long-term difference to areas of deprivation in the North East and across the UK.

Non Financial Support

Harnessing the skills and motivation of the staff throughout Virgin Money, the Foundation brokers non-financial, skill based support for charities in receipt of a Virgin Money Foundation grant to meet a specific stated capacity building need. For more information, visit the Virgin Money Foundation website 

Virgin Money London Marathon

We’re proud sponsors of the Virgin Money London Marathon – the world’s biggest single day annual fundraising event – with over £374 million raised by runners for good causes in the last 7 years.

More about the Virgin Money London Marathon

It’s an honour to be linked to such an iconic event, but we didn’t want to just paint the city red. We like to sponsor events we can bring real value to somehow. So we did a lot of research around the Marathon and all that’s linked to it – including the communities of runners, fundraisers and charities that make it so special.

Since the first race in 1981, runners have raised an astonishing £830million* for good causes. In fact, the Marathon is the largest annual one day fund raising event in the world. A lot of money is raised through online donation sites, who naturally charge for the service they provide.

We thought we could put our expertise with money and our financial systems to good use, and come up with an alternative that’s 100% not-for-profit. So millions more £s would go where they’re needed most. Our online donation site Virgin Money Giving was born.

For more information, visit the Virgin Money London Marathon website 

*Figures correct post 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Street Events and Fireworks Concert

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Through our sponsorship of Fringe on the Royal Mile and Mound, we’re helping to make the Festival accessible to all.

More about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world and takes place in Scotland’s capital every August. Virgin Money is proud to sponsor two street events that are among the most exciting parts of the Festival – the Virgin Money Fringe on the Royal Mile and the Virgin Money Fringe on the Mound.

At Virgin Money we aim to make ‘everyone better off’, which makes these events the perfect partner for us as they’re open and accessible to everyone. Across 4 weeks of entertainment in 2015, Edinburgh saw:

  • 50,459 performances
  • 3,314 shows across 299 venues

We’re also proud to sponsor of the The Virgin Money Fireworks concert which brought the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival to a stunning close as the sky filled with giant walls of silver and golden crackle effect fireworks. More than 400,000 fireworks were launched during the concert in a display synchronised perfectly to music performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Find out more about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 

Charity of the Year

We’re delighted to be supporting the Heads Together campaign as our Charity of the Year for 2016-2017.

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The Heads Together campaign

Heads Together brings The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry into partnership with inspiring charities that are tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.

Through their work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, it has been seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.

The Heads Together campaign wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family. Heads Together will build on the great work being done by partner charities so that prejudice and fear no longer stand in the way of people getting the help they need.

To find out more, visit

Helping the community

Every member of staff is given a number of free days to allow them to get involved with work in the community. Working with local and national projects, many take part in a wide range of fundraising – from running marathons to climbing mountains. Our people are Make £5 Grow ambassadors in hundreds of schools, as well as offering their skills by volunteering in the day to day work of local charities and in charity appeal call centres.

For more information email:

Or write to:

Culture & Community Team
Virgin Money
Discovery House
Whiting Road

We are proud to support the Fiver Challenge, and we also have our own Make £5 Grow programme – both of these initiatives in schools are designed to help inspire the entrepreneurs and business minds of the future. Find out more about how we're helping people make the right choices

LifeSavers programme

The LifeSavers programme delivers financial education to primary school children.

More about the LifeSavers programme

It also gives children practical experience of money management through saving small, regular amounts of money in savings clubs administered by credit unions. The programme is a partnership between the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation and Young Enterprise, the enterprise and financial education charity. With Virgin Money’s financial support it will help 30,000 children learn more about money by the end of 2018.

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Make £5 grow

We are proud of our ‘Make £5 Grow’ schools programme to help teach children about money – encouraging young entrepreneurs up and down the country.