Every day more than 1,800 young people start their Award journey. Since its launch over 60 years ago, millions have been inspired to transform their lives by embarking on their Award journey. This generation of changemakers are supported, around the world, by thousands of tireless Award volunteers.

Yet we know this is only the start. We have ambitious targets for growing the number of young people participating in and achieving The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award worldwide. Our global ambition is that every young person aged 14-24 has access to the Award. We also want to ensure that at least 20% of the young people supported are from at risk and marginalised communities, for whom the Award can be truly life-changing.

We are working towards a common goal: to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to find their purpose, passion and place in the world.

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Your support has an impact

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is the engine that drives and supports the Awards growth, access and impact across the globe.

Your support can:

  • Enable us to provide much needed support to our existing National Award Operators to expand the access, reach and impact of the Award to young people in their country.
  • Give us the power to grant funding for vital projects run by our National Award Operators, which often enable those who are most at risk or marginalised to take part in the Award.
  • Make it possible for us to build a network of new Award Partners to deliver the Award in new countries and territories.
  • Empower us to raise the profile of the Award and champion the values and impact of non-formal education, with governments and key policy makers globally.

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Get Involved

From supporting our Adults in the Award programme; equipping more volunteers with the tools they need to run the Award around the world, to learning about our Special Projects grant giving programme; helping to increase the Access, Reach and Impact of the Award worldwide.

Whether you’re a philanthropist with a passion for seeing the Award in action, a global organisation looking to become corporate partners, or simply interested in leaving a gift in your will, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and support what we do. the Award worldwide.

With your help we can empower more young people with not only the confidence but the desire to create meaningful change. Get in touch with the Philanthropy Team to find out how you can join our growing network of partners and supporters, via [email protected].

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The empowerment of young people is why I’m committed to the Award and it’s a great honour to be involved as the Global Benefactor. I believe that it is imperative to invest in our young people because they are the future and if we can empower them to be a positive force for good that gives me hope."
Margaret Fountain CM,
Global Benefactor