Our charitable foundation dedicated to helping charities which are making the world a better place.
Some of society’s problems are best solved by partnering with amazing charities. That’s where Octopus Giving comes in.
Octopus Giving was set up in 2014 to help charities make the world a better place. As well as donating money (we’ve donated £1.5 million since we set up the foundation) and offering advice to our charity partners we also actively encourage our people to roll up their sleeves and get involved.
We do this for two reasons. First, we know we have valuable skills to share. Secondly, we know that Octopus people get a huge amount out of the time they give. Having the chance to make a positive impact on the planet and the people around them is one of the things that sets us apart from other companies.
5,400 hours volunteered by Octopus people last year
£300,000 of grants given to charities each year
£40,000 of matched funding donated
Octopus Giving Annual Report
Watch this video to find out what we’ve been up to in the last year, what we’re most proud of, what we’re doing in the year ahead. And hear inspiring stories from our partner charities, GoodGym and Thames21.
Last updated: January 2023
Meet our charity partners
Environmental partner: Thames21
Thames21 are tackling the climate emergency by improving the health of urban rivers. They are putting rivers at the heart of community life and empowering people through education.
We are working with Thames21 to create a more sustainable planet and build climate resilience through restorative projects.
Health partner: GoodGym
GoodGym are pioneering a unique approach to volunteering that combines healthy, active lifestyles with community action. They connect members on their runs, cycles and walks with isolated older people and community organisations.
We are working with GoodGym to revitalise the health of our communities while promoting regular exercise and social cohesion.
What we’ve done
We’re proud of the time our colleagues contribute to helping our charities. We give back in a number of financial ways too, including through grants, matching funds raised by our employees and additional £20 donations to the charities for every hour an Octopus person volunteers with them.
Thank you from Downright Excellent
Thank you from MyBnk
Thank you from FoodCycle
If you would like more information about Octopus Giving or are interested in working with us, please email us on [email protected]
We currently are in the middle of a 3 year partnership with Thames21 and GoodGym. We will be looking for new charity partners in mid-2024 and more information about this will be available here at that time.
Octopus Giving is the working name of The Octopus Foundation.
Registered Charity Number 1161273. OGI014