At Reed, we can proudly say that we are a responsible British business giving back to our local, national and international communities.

Since the beginning over 60 years ago,  Reed has and continues to support commerce and employment through our work. Reed has supported society further still through the work of the Reed Foundation, our associated charities, and the charitable activities of our individual offices and co-members.

reed foundation and REED founder - Sir Alec Reed

“Encouraging philanthropy is my main mission now; but without entrepreneurialism to make the money, there would be no philanthropy.”

Sir Alec Reed
Founder of REED – Knighted for Services to Business & Charity

The Reed Foundation owns 18% of Reed.

The Reed Foundation was set up by Sir Alec Reed in 1985, owning 18% of the Reed Group for over 30 years. The funds directed to the foundation are at the heart of the company’s charitable giving.

With one-fifth of profits from the REED group invested in charitable causes, our co-members can proudly say that we work one day a week for charity.

reed foundation and charitable giving - cake sale in Reed Northampton office
Reed Co-Members raising money for charity Breast Cancer Care
Reed Foundation helped launch Big Give - Grenfell Tower fund was a main campaign led by CEO James Reed

We give big…

The Big Give was established in 2007 through funding from the Reed Foundation and operates with support from our offices in Covent Garden.

To date, it has helped raised £100million for UK and international causes through match-funding and other innovative services to connect charities with donors and philanthropists.


“The Big Give is a generosity multiplier. The charity has recently set itself the target to raise £1 billion for good causes. The more Champions, Supporters and Donors that we can connect with, the sooner we will reach that goal…Spread the word!”

James Reed
CEO & Chairman of the REED Group

We give globally…

In 1989 The Reed Foundation invested over £1m of charitable funds to establish Ethiopiaid and Womankind Worldwide.

Both charities still operate today, with Ethiopiaid having invested over £36million to help alleviate poverty in the most impoverished communities in Ethiopia. WomanKind Worldwide continues to support women’s rights campaigns around the world.

Ethiopiaid and Womankind logos - charities set up by Sir Alec Reed via the Reed Foundation
reed foundation and REED charities can be learned about in our downloadable brochure

If you would like to find out more about REED and its supported charities then download our Charity Booklet.