American Express has held a fund with Sussex Community Foundation since 2006 and is one of the Foundation’s founder donors. The American Express Fund has given out grants to a total value of over £0.6 million to 90 Sussex charities and community groups. The fund’s charitable objectives are to make grants to groups that support their community in the following ways:
- by developing new leaders for tomorrow by promoting leadership in the non-profit sector
- by promoting volunteering and community engagement, including by American Express employees
- by helping disadvantaged people into work
- by promoting diversity, social inclusion and equal rights.
The fund makes grants once a year, usually in our Autumn round.
Fareshare (below) is a project that redistributes surplus food from wholesalers and retailers to homeless people in Sussex. It also provides positive volunteering opportunities, targeted at the unemployed, homeless and other socially excluded groups. They received a grant from American Express to help support the costs of their operation.