Philanthropy Stories - 23 Foundation

'Giving local kids a chance'

Founded by Liverpool FC’s number 23 - Jamie Carragher, the 23 Foundation seeks to provide the youth of Merseyside with the means to make a difference in society by giving them an outlet through football and sport. Jamie Carragher set up the 23 Foundation with the Community Foundation for Merseyside at the beginning of 2009 in order to provide grants to young people in local communities.

The 23 Foundation encourages the youth of Merseyside to actively reach for their dreams by following their sporting interests. By providing a framework for achieving their goals, the Merseyside community - of which Jamie himself is very much a part of - can develop more confident, well rounded individuals.

In giving children a reason and also the means to express their talents communities can show them there are many ways to succeed on a personal and career level by being part of a team. So its no surprise therefore that the idea of 'we' is a very important part of what the 23 Foundation does, as our founder and patron Jamie Carragher explains:

"Being part of a team and achieving something together is much more satisfying and I know without the help of my team and teams I grew up with I would not have become the individual I am today. At the 23 Foundation we promote the idea of “we” and “us” because together as a community and with help from people like you reading this, we can accomplish anything."
Jamie Carragher

How to donate:

If you would like to make a donation please make cheques payable to the 23 Foundation and send to the following address:

The 23 Foundation
c/o Community Foundation for Merseyside
Third Floor, Stanley Buildings
43 Hanover Street
L1 3DN

If you are a UK Taxpayer, the 23 Foundation can claim an extra 28 pence for every £1 you donate simply by filling in a Gift Aid form downloadable here.

How to support the 23 Foundation:

There are many ways that people fundraise for the 23 Foundation, such as taking part in sporting challenges, holding raffles and prize draws and organising fundraising events. Should you wish to fundraise for the 23 Foundation please click here to request a Fundraising Pack with further information.

Join the 23 Foundation Running Team:

The 23 Foundation is proud to be involved with  RunLiverpool in 2012. To find out more about how to raise money for the 23 Foundation through a variety of running events, please click here.

How to apply for funding:

Our Grant Programme Information page is regularly updated with details of our grant programmes that are currently seeking applications. Please click here to see if the 23 Foundation is currently seeking funding applications. Please note the 23 Foundation will dedicate funding to Alder Hey Hospital but the fund will be open for general applications in Autumn 2015. 


Photo: Jamie Carragher's 23 Foundation was one of the four official charities for the Liverpool Marathon in October 2011. Over £18,000 was raised by runners raising sponsorship for the 23 Foundation.