Charitable giving

At a time when many people of different demographics are isolated or disconnected from society, we want to connect people to opportunities, to their communities and to the natural world.

We encourage our employees to get involved in both allocating funds and using their time and skills to support the projects.

2019 Highlights


£3.4m total charitable contribution


Over 39,000 people benefited


Employees volunteered almost 18,000 hours

Building Connection

‘Building connection’ is the overall focus of our social and environmental impact, including charitable giving. Our work to achieve this aim is focused on two main areas:


Connecting people

We support projects to help people reach their potential or which bring people together. Projects may be about overcoming barriers or promoting sustainable development to benefit communities experiencing social isolation or disadvantage.


Connecting planet

We fund projects to enable people to engage with and protect nature, or which support habitat and wildlife restoration. This supports wellbeing, builds community cohesion, and ensures wildlife and ecosystems can thrive for generations to come.

Standard Life Aberdeen Charitable Foundation

Through the Standard Life Aberdeen Charitable Foundation (SLACF) we direct funding to charities around the globe, with the aim of having a meaningful and measurable impact. SLACF is a registered charity with OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator (registered charity number SC042597).

How to apply for funding

Are you a charity that would like to request funding? Please read our funding criteria first:

  • Donations are granted to registered charities only, not crowdfunding initiatives or individuals
  • Requests must be aligned with our focus on ‘Building connection’
  • The project must support at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Grants from £5,000 to £25,000 (or local currency equivalent) will be awarded – should you wish to discuss a larger grant or a multi-year opportunity, please contact sla.foundation@aberdeenstandard.com
  • Donations should fully fund a project which has specific, meaningful and measurable objectives. We do not contribute towards projects that include capital build costs
  • The activity, and beneficiaries of any donation, should be located in a community local to one of our offices
  • Our preference is that funding should be spent within six months of being granted but exceptions are made for multi-year funding
  • The activity cannot promote religious or political views or discriminate against protected characteristics such as gender or sexual orientation.
  • We prefer to fund projects that give our people the opportunity to engage and be involved with

Please send a fully completed funding request form and your most recent audited accounts to sla.foundation@aberdeenstandard.com

> Terms and Conditions

SLACF Board of Directors

SLACF's Board of Directors has nine members, including one independent Director. The Board provides oversight and governance for our charitable giving.

Tamsin Balfour – Chairman
Paul Aggett – Independent director
Sarah Anderson - Director
Bev Hendry – Director
Sandy MacDonald - Director
Michael Tumilty – Director
Sam Walker – Director
Lynn Warren – Director
Amanda Young – Director

Career Ready

Since 2013 we’ve partnered with Career Ready, a charity that connects employers and schools to help young people who may need extra help to get ready for employment. Students are mentored through their final years of school and provided with internships, helping them at the point in their life when they are making big choices about their future. We’ve provided 126 employee mentors, and 128 internships paid at the UK Living Wage, to students across the UK. Through funding and in-kind support we’ve also enabled third sector organisations to provide paid internships to benefit social mobility and diversity in the charity sector.

As well as mentoring, our people have volunteered to deliver masterclasses and host workplace visits across over 35 schools and colleges in London and sat on various Local Advisory Boards in both Scotland and England. We’ve also supported the development of Career Ready through funding roles at the charity, and providing office space and resources.

Purple Community Fund

Purple Community Fund (PCF) primarily works in the Philippines, supporting families in extreme poverty who are living and working in slums. PCF is passionate about working with families and helping them to help themselves out of poverty.

We directly support the organisation’s Community Education and Mentoring Programme (CEMP). CEMP provides children with extra tuition and practical and emotional support on a 1-1 basis from trained volunteers. The children have a greater chance of staying in school as any problems they encounter are shared and solved together. CEMP also runs courses to prepare the children for future employment, including guidance on interview and CV preparation.

MANNA

We have been a supporter of the US charity MANNA since 2013, and have pledged a further four-year partnership from 2020. MANNA brings together dietitians, chefs, drivers, and thousands of volunteers to cook and deliver nutritious, medically-appropriate meals and provide nutrition counselling to people battling life-threatening illnesses.

As part of our commitment we continue to support MANNA’s largest annual fundraiser – the ‘Pie in the Sky’ campaign – which allows people to buy Thanksgiving desserts that are donated to families less fortunate than themselves. The 2019 campaign raised over $300,000, during which over 10,500 pies were sold – including many of our own ‘Aberdeen Standard Apple Pies’, baked and packaged by volunteers from our company.

Helping our people to support their communities

We provide three paid days' volunteering leave for our people every year to contribute to their local communities. Many choose to use their time for company organised volunteering, or as charity trustees, mentors or for supporting local community groups.

We also support our colleagues to fundraise and donate to charities close to their heart through payroll giving schemes and with company matching of donations.

Standard Life Foundation

Standard Life Foundation is an independent charity that was established in 2016 using the unclaimed assets from Standard Life’s demutualisation ten years earlier. Chaired by Lord Darling, its focus is on research and policy work to improve financial wellbeing, living standards and personal finances for people on low to middle incomes in the UK. Currently, two of the ten trustees are from Standard Life Aberdeen plc, our CEO and Global Head of Stewardship and ESG Investment, and the other eight are independent.

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