WHAT IS THE ARTHUR GUINNESS FUND?
At Guinness we passionately believe in the power of people to unlock their, and their community's, potential.
The Arthur Guinness Fund™ champions and supports those around the world who strive for the extraordinary, the people who roll up their sleeves and make great things happen. These people are the believers, the thinkers, the dreamers, the innovators and the doers who lay the foundations to build stronger communities for tomorrow’s generation.
The legacy of Arthur Guinness
Established in 2009, The Arthur Guinness Fund was founded to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Arthur Guinness signing the 9,000 year lease on the world-famous St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, and to continue his legacy of corporate philanthropy.
Arthur Guinness was an entrepreneur and innovator who through acts of corporate philanthropy – such as funding hospitals and schools that improved the life of his workforce and the wider community – created a legacy of goodness.
Today it is people like him, and that embody the same spirit, that are supported by the Arthur Guinness Fund.
What the Arthur Guinness Fund Does
To date the fund has committed over €8 million to entrepreneurs around the world, across a variety of projects, all designed to benefit communities at a grass roots level.
As well as financial support, Arthur Guinness Fund awardees receive mentoring and marketing support to help raise awareness of their work and to effect positive change within their communities.
Each year Guinness fans and music lovers also come together at Arthur’s Day, a series of remarkable music events hosted around the world, which raise a toast to the legacy of Arthur Guinness and the work of Arthur Guinness Fund awardees.
In addition, the Arthur Guinness Fund has created an easy way for anyone to show their appreciation for the work each of the awardees does by raising a Toast with a Tweet (www.arthurguinnessfund.com ). By selecting one of amazing projects and sending out a tweet using #madeofmore, anyone can help raise valuable awareness of the fantastic work the project does within its local community, and be involved in the good they do around the world.
The Arthur Guinness Fund works in partnership with a number of influential organisations around the world.
ASHOKA is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, and provides a platform through which innovators can put their community-changing ideas into practice on a global scale.
Through a long-standing partnership, the Arthur Guinness Fund now globally supports over twenty ASHOKA social entrepreneurs.
These exceptional individuals and their projects work around a diverse range of issues from deforestation, to equal employment opportunities, sustainable farming, and technology. By 2014, the Arthur Guinness Fund will support thirty ASHOKA fellows.
The Fund also has partnerships with The British Council and Virgin Unite – the common theme across all partnerships is that the Arthur Guinness Fund supports those who are actively changing their community for the better.
The Fund is active globally, with established projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK, Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Africa.
The Arthur Guinness Fund is an INTERNAL FUND created by Guinness & Co. The fund is NOT a separate charity, but its monies are held separately by Guinness & Co. and will be independently audited.