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WONDER Foundation 101

Established in 2012 as the Women’s Network for Development and Educational Resources (WONDER), WONDER is a charity dedicated to empowering vulnerable people through education. We work with locally-led partners around the world to help women, girls and their families access the education and support they need to exit poverty, for good. Wonder was founded on the values of solidarity and partnership, and we offer assistance to anyone, regardless of race or religion.
We empower vulnerable women, girls and communities through education. Our work falls into two categories. Firstly, we support local, sustainable education projects in the UK and worldwide by sharing our knowledge and expertise and helping secure funding through donations and grants. Secondly, we amplify the voices of our partners, and wider issues around female disadvantages, to influence policy and improve access to good quality education across the world.
WONDER was established in 2009. We were registered as a company (no. 7921757) in 2011 and as a charity (no. 1148679) in 2012. WONDER was the initiative of a group of London-based women, hailing from all over the world, who identified the need for more a collaborative approach to development in which the international community worked in harmony with the local community, who are listened to and lead the way in their own progress.
We’re women-led. Local women can and must lead the way when it comes to escaping poverty through education. That’s why we work with partners as equals, assisting them as much as possible on their own terms. We work for real, long-term change. Real change takes time – whether it’s personal, professional, or community-wide. That’s why students in our partner projects receive mentoring to make sure that they are able to complete their education and fulfil their potential. We believe that good work can end poverty. Employment with good pay, conditions and prospects, is an essential part of making sure education truly transforms people’s lives.
WONDER works with partners in the UK, Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. To learn more about these programmes and where we work, please click here.
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Drop us an email or arrange to pop in and say hello in person! For general inquiries, please email contact@wonderfoundation.org.uk. You can contact any of our team or board member this way. Our address is: 300 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6AE, and our telephone number is +44 (0) 20 3488 2008.
Thanks for asking! You can donate, volunteer, involve your business or collaborate in other ways. We’d love to hear from you!
WONDER is built on the Christian values of Love, Solidarity, Dignity, Partnership, and Universality. Our projects serve their whole communities, not just those of Christian faith, and recognise the dignity of every person whom they work with. To learn more about our projects click here.
WONDER Foundation is universal in outlook and not limited to any social group, race, gender, religion, or political affiliation; we work predominantly with women as our projects are geared towards the benefit of women and their families. Most, although not all, of our volunteers, are women, as part of our mission is to empower women and give them skills, which they often do on placement. We also are conscious that the vulnerable women beneficiaries of our projects may not be comfortable being assisted by a man for personal or cultural reasons and their welfare is always our priority. We have had and currently do have some fantastic male volunteers, board members and supporters!

Donating to Wonder Foundation

By supporting high-quality education that helps vulnerable women and girls exit poverty, you can make a real difference – and there are many ways to give. You can find information about the ways in which you can donate to us here. If you have any questions regarding a donation please contact us at giving@wonderfoundation.org.uk. Thank you for your support!
You can set up a monthly donation on our donation page. You can also set up a standing order to make a monthly, quarterly or annual donation download our Bank Order Form. Simply fill it in and post it to us (300 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6AE) or scan and email it to giving@wonderfoundation.org.uk.
Bank transfers and standing orders should be made to ‘WONDER Foundation’, HSBC Angel Islington, Account no: 22002620, Sort Code: 40-03-33. Please mark in the payment reference whether your donation is to a specific project.
Yes. We have many donors giving back to their home countries, for example. Please email contact@wonderfoundation.org.uk for further information.
Our locally-led approach, where we partner with local organisations across the world, means your money goes a lot further. Our current donation policy ensures 94% of a donation goes directly towards charitable activities while the remaining 6% is invested in fundraising activities to help sustain our projects by creating wider awareness among the UK public.
In principle, yes, but obviously there may be costs associated with sending goods abroad as well as import taxes and these may need to be fundraised for separately. You would also need to think about how this may affect your tax liability and import/ export restrictions in some countries, for example sending food or medicines. It is often easier and less expensive to buy the same items, if they are available, in the country where they will be used.
Yes – we are particularly looking for new or used laptops in good condition for our partners in Africa. With the internet a minefield for learning and computer skills now crucial for many jobs, young people need access to computers. Laptops are essential in places like Congo and Nigeria as there are power cuts each day, so being able to work from a battery is necessary. Get in touch if your company would like to help with this by emailing contact@wonderfoundation.org.uk.
Yes, if you are a UK Taxpayer we can claim an additional 25p for every £1 you donate. If you are making a donation through our website, please tick the Gift Aid box so that we can automatically claim it. If you are donating by cheque or BACS please complete and return to us a Gift Aid form. If you are a higher-rate taxpayer and would like to make your donation go further, please get in touch contact@wonderfoundation.org.uk. Please note that tax reclaimed on your gift-aided donation will be treated as unrestricted funds that are to be used for Wonder Foundation’s work worldwide.

Fundraising for WONDER Foundation

THANK YOU! You can get inspiration from previous fundraisers and marathon runners to extraordinary cake bakers, and find other useful information on this page.
Like organising events? You can fundraise for WONDER! Have a dance party or movie night that will not only make for a memorable evening but will raise money for a good cause as well. Tell us a bit more about your event on this form.
You can! By signing up to Give As You Live, selecting WONDER and doing your shopping as normal, you can earn donations for our education programmes! Not sure how? Check out our step by step guide. You can also donate to Wonder for free while you shop online at Amazon Smile at no extra cost! Please select Wonder as your charity partner by clicking this link. Percent App also allows you to donate without an extra penny being spent on your part when you enjoy a meal out. Simply download the Percent app to get started.
Absolutely. We’ve been lucky enough to have people run the London Marathon, cycle hundreds of miles or sail halfway around the world for us, so we’re ready to help you on your fundraising journey. Whether it’s a sponsored walk or something more intense, we’ll be with you from the fundraising page to the finish line and beyond!
Thank you so much for raising money for us. We really appreciate your support! Please send us a cheque made payable to ‘WONDERFoundation’ to 300 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6AE. Include your name, address and specify which project so that we can send you a thank you letter. Alternatively, if you would like to send it by bank transfer, please email giving@wonderfoundation.org.uk so we can keep track of your donation.
WONDER is always grateful for any funds that can contribute to our mission and projects. Please get in touch engagement@wonderfoundation.org.uk so that we can ensure that any money that you leave will be spent in a manner according to your wishes.

Corporate Donations

If you want to know more about how your brand or business can support women and girls, you can get in touch with us at engagement@wonderfoundation.org.uk. You can learn more about how we work with our corporate partners on this page.
You could fundraise for us as part of your day-to-day business, for example, by donating a certain amount for each of a particular product sold. You could also consider involving us in your corporate social responsibility programme, annual appeals or payroll giving, or we could work together on special offers, auction prizes, annual events and other one-off collaborations. We’ve done everything from cake sales to concerts, so we’re also open to ideas!
Yes. We have many donors giving back to their home countries, for example. Please email contact@wonderfoundation.org.uk for further information.
We are happy to provide communications materials (for example, posters tracking the progress of your donations, sharing testimonies).
In recognition of the huge value of our partners, we’re happy to support their efforts by featuring them in our communications (for example, social media, newsletter, blogs).

Media Inquiries

Email communications@wonderfoundation.org.uk and we’ll be happy to help. You can also download our press pack on this link.

Our Local Partnerships

We work with local partners in 17 countries around the world, who share our vision for empowering women and girls through relevant and sustainable education to break the cycle of poverty. You can find more about each of our partner projects here.
We partner with projects that have a proven track record in assisting disadvantaged communities through education. In practice, this involves giving girls and young women the training required to enter a high-quality job, enabling them to lift themselves, their family – and ultimately their community – out of poverty for good.
We’re ambitious when it comes to helping women and girls transform their lives through education, but we also know that it takes a lot to make real and lasting change happen. You can find out about the strands of work we support to help students at our partner schools fulfil their potential here.

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