Funders & Partners

Our funders

We are extremely grateful to our community of support. Many of our funders have supported our work since our founding in 2010 and they demonstrate the importance of unrestricted funding to a small charity with ambitious, pioneering but achievable aims.


In 2014, Unilever, in conjunction with its corporate partners – Salesforce, Vodafone and Sapient – helped Tower Hamlets Foodbank streamline its operations though the introduction of smart tools and new technology. Vodafone gifted Wi-Fi dongles, Salesforce provided an App and CRM system and Sapient gave the foodbank’s brand a makeover, including the introduction of a new website. This contribution has enabled the Tower Hamlets Foodbank to more effectively serve people in crisis and to help get them on the road to transformation.


We are proud to have worked in partnership with First Love Foundation, in particular providing funding in 2013 to pilot new untested work in the form of the Advice & Support Project. As we are more than aware of the challenges faced by any small charity to fund innovative projects while also covering their core costs, our support is now unrestricted to afford them the freedom to direct the funds where it is most needed.


Tower Hamlets, Sapient’s local community, is an area of extreme opportunity and extreme deprivation. First Love Foundation and Tower Hamlets Foodbank address this gap on an individual level by helping local people in crisis to get their lives back on track. For Sapient to be able to bring digital support to this transformational work, which is true to our purpose of enabling human potential, is as rewarding as it is vital.


Our Sponsors & Partners

Our sponsors and partners have over the years used creative ways to help us overcome the challenges typically faced by a small charity seeking to do innovative work. Such is the impact of their in-kind gift, it is almost impossible to place a value on it. Be it an investment of assets that better supports our operations right through to thought leadership to help streamline our business processes and shape future thinking strategy – we are incredibly thankful for their ongoing support.

See below for some of our key sponsors and partners:


IFCO have developed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with First Love Foundation. This project, under the title “Worldwide Responsibility” aims to support food banks across the world through the provision of crates, knowledge, labour and most recently delivery vans. We support the work of the First Love Foundation as they have developed into an organisation not just supporting people in need with short term food, but to one dealing with the problems at the root cause so as to offer people a way forward with respect and hope.


Working with First Love Foundation is fantastic. Their work in East London is deeply needed; their ethos and approach a beacon. It is an honour to help them innovate, strategise and build their capability. The future of responsible corporate enterprise is to make partnership working with charities and social enterprises central to corporate strategy. Reluctantly Brave is very happy, as an East London-based creative agency, to be able to build such a strong local partnership into the fabric of our business.


Financial Inclusion is very important to us at MasterCard and we believe that all people should have an opportunity to participate in the economy. The work that the First Love Foundation does is key to ensuring that poverty within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is alleviated through tackling the root causes of hidden hunger and financial exclusion. To be able to work with the First Love Foundation to impact our local community is extremely rewarding.


Salesforce in partnership with Unilever has invested our company’s technology and time to help First Love Foundation build a Case Management application to better support the work of Tower Hamlets Foodbank and their Advice & Support Project. The purpose of the application is to track client information & history, voucher management and case management. We’ve started the project with First Love Foundation as the pilot and then will design and build an application for the Trussell Trust, a charity which co-ordinates 420+ food banks – in order to support their plans for growth, automation and simplification.


Our supporters

All Hallows by the Tower
All Saints Church, Poplar
Bethnal Green Meeting House
Bethnal Green Mission Church
Bigland Green Primary School
Bow School
Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula
Christ Church Spitalfields
English Martyrs
Financial Conduct Authority
Gatehouse School
Gateway Housing
Green Springs Academy
Good Shepherd Mission

Kayte Brimacombe
Langdon Park School
Metro Broadcast Ltd
Natwest City Branches
Quaystone Church
Royal Connections
Salvation Army Poplar
Sandwich Plus
St Anne’s Limehouse
St Botolph’s Without Aldgate
St Peter’s Bethnal Green
St Peter’s Barge
St Peter’s London Docks
White Hat Bakery

How you can help

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