The Ethical Property Foundation
was founded in 2004 to offer charities, community groups, councils and social enterprises independent property advice, training and consultancy.
To date, their award-winning National Property Advice Service has helped more than 2,500 organisations make informed decisions about buying, selling, managing, and leasing property and land. The level of assistance they provide ranges from answering quick questions, to on-going and in-depth support. Advice is free at the point of access, backed by a powerful online library of resources and with bursaries available for those organisations most in need. The Foundation helps organisations avoid expensive property mistakes and build property management into their business planning. Each year it holds Property Events across the country with local partners, offering property advice clinics and training courses designed to help organisations manage their property effectively while saving money.
Recently the Foundation has also developed a range of new services working with local authorities keen to work effectively with the non for profit sector on asset transfers and also with grant funders and social investors, committed to reducing investment risk and building client resilience and property knowledge.
The Foundation also champions the property needs of the not for profit sector to policy makers - publishing a bi-annual Charity Property Matters Survey.
In 2014, the Ethical Property Foundation launched fairplace
, its new ethical workplace award which allows organisations to evidence their commitment to people the community and the planet.
Charities that need property assistance should visit the Foundation's website at www.ethicalproperty.org.uk
, for useful, detailed and jargon-free information. The site should provide most of the answers to queries about a charity’s property.