Chelsea – Chelsea FC Foundation – £7,558,005
The Chelsea FC Foundation was founded in 2010 and brings together the club’s various charitable endeavours. These charitable endeavours include education, the promotion of equality and diversity, a campaign against antisemitism and football coaching. The Foundation’s coaching work runs programmes for disabled people and is a keen supporter of women’s and girls’ football. Last year, the Chelsea FC Foundation ranked highest among England’s football clubs for giving to charity.
Charlton – South of England Foundation – £5,586,000
Much smaller than many of England’s football clubs, in terms of financial reach and footballing reputation, Charlton Athletic has nevertheless contributed greatly to charitable projects through the auspices of the South of England Foundation. Through its support of the South of England Foundation, the Charlton Athletic Community Trust provides a range of services including early help and prevention, education services, promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion. Other services include health improvement, football and sports development and promotion of social action and enterprise.
Norwich City – Norwich City Community Sports Foundation – £4,523,465
Another smaller and lesser known club that is nevertheless among the country’s most charitable, Norwich City’s Community Sports Foundation’s motto is “working to support, inspire, and improve our community.” To this end, the foundation supports a range of programmes and has contributed the better part of £5 million to local community projects. The foundation’s programmes range from football development, to health, kids’ courses, the provision of opportunities and experiences to the disabled, a National Citizen Service programme and extra-curricular options to schools across the east Anglia area.
Manchester United – Manchester United Foundation – £4,309,963
Despite being one of the top three richest clubs in the world, Manchester United’s charitable wing ranks only fourth in the list of England’s most charitable football clubs. The foundation administers a range of projects, such as volunteering projects, a BTEC sport programme and an Enterprise Academy.