What is Virgin Unite?

Virgin Unite is the entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group. 

We don’t just tackle one cause; we look at many pressing issues, taking our resources and expertise wherever we feel we can make the most difference.

There are so many challenges facing the world today, but we believe that by bringing the right people together and taking an entrepreneurial approach, we can create positive change. Learn more about us.

How do I keep in touch?

You can join us on all our social media channels…

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube

LinkedIn

Can Virgin Unite support my charity?

We’d love to support all of the social activities and initiatives we hear about, but we’re keen to focus our efforts on the specific set of projects we’re currently working on. Well done on all you’re doing to make the world a better place, we wish you the best of luck.

I have a sponsorship request, or I want a prize for my raffle, like tickets on Virgin Galactic, or a free flight... Can Virgin Unite help?

We wish we could support your fundraising event, sponsor your team or offer you a prize, but we’re currently limited to supporting our own set of projects. We wish you luck and hope you find the support you’re looking for.
 

Can I apply for a grant from Virgin Unite?

Unlike some other charities, we do not run an open grant application process. On most of our initiatives, we either work with an already established circle of partners, or identify new partners we think are best placed to deliver in line with our strategy and with whom we can leverage initial investments for significant impact.

Can I work at Virgin Unite?

Virgin Unite brings together the best people to help solve the world’s biggest challenges. We tackle a lot of problems, and we couldn’t do it without people who share our core belief: that by working together we can really make a difference. If this sounds like you, take a look at Virgin's career page.

Does Virgin Unite run internships?

‘Yes! We often have opportunities at our London and New York offices. Make sure you visit our careers page  to keep an eye on any interning opportunities.

Can I volunteer for Virgin Unite?

We’re not a traditional volunteering organisation, but if we do have any opportunities, we’ll pop them on our careers page .We’re really grateful for your enthusiasm.

What does Sir Richard Branson do all day?

A lot! From protecting sharks to publically speaking about issues he is passionate about such as anti-poaching and the death penalty to continually show casing his adventurous side, there’s never a dull moment!

Most of Richard’s time is now spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world and working with Virgin Unite and organisations we have incubated , such as The Elders, The Carbon War Room, The B Team, Ocean Unite and Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the Ocean Elders.

Want to know more about what Richard gets up to on a daily basis? Then keep up to date with his movements and adventures by reading his blog, and following him on his social channels…

Follow: @richardbranson
Like: facebook/richardbranson
Richard on LinkedIn

I’m an entrepreneur. How can Virgin Unite help me?

We regularly run Google Hangouts about entrepreneurship. Past hangouts have featured Arianna Huffington, Elon Musk, Paul Lindley, Jay Bregman and Richard Branson; you can watch them back here

We love to publish inspirational stories from the people at the forefront of our work. See what’s new here

Depending on where you and your business are based, you might find further help from our partners close to home. Take a look at our projects and partners

How can I support entrepreneurs?

If you’re an entrepreneur, consider becoming a mentor to help others on their journey (link to support an entrepreneur section on get involved).

Or you can make a donation to help Virgin Unite Entrepreneurs around the world [link to VU entrepreneurs donation page]. By donating to Virgin Unite Entrepreneurs your donation will pay for a range of initiatives, which provide entrepreneurs with support and inspiration.

 PS did you know that Virgin Unite’s overheads are covered by Richard Branson and the Virgin Group, and this puts us in a unique and fortunate position. We’re able to send 100% of your donations directly to the frontline, where they’re needed most.

What’s the history of Virgin Unite?

“We started Virgin Unite to bring people together, to never accept the unacceptable.” – Richard Branson.

We launched in 2004 and the years have flown by. Take a look at our timeline  to see what we’ve achieved over the years.

Who are your trustees?

We are lucky that our trustees are the best in their fields. Without them, Virgin Unite wouldn’t be able to do the great work it does. Find out about them here

How do I contact Virgin Unite?

If you have specific queries relating to complaints or compliments, or you’re a Virgin staff member looking to get in touch with us, please do so here

How do I contact a Virgin Company?

Visit Virgin.com. You can find the company you’re looking for by organising by industry or region.

Donation FAQ

How do I make an online donation?

You can make a donation at any time to any of our projects. If you’re a taxpayer in the UK, don’t forget to tick the Gift Aid box. After all donations are completed a receipt of the donation will be sent via email.

Can I donate via cheque?

Yes. Please make your cheque payable to Virgin Unite, and then send it to us at:

Virgin Unite,
The Battleship Building,

179 Harrow Road,

London, W2 6NB.

If you’d prefer your donation to go to a specific Virgin Unite initiative (instead of Virgin Unite in general), please let us know by attaching a note specifying which project you’d like to donate to.

How do I donate via bank transfer?

Our details are:

Bank: Lloyds TSB
Account Name: Virgin Foundation
Sort code: 300002
Account No: 01250340

If you pay via bank transfer, you can then email us accounts@virginunite.co.uk to tell us where you’d like your donation to go to, just mark the subject of the email ‘Donation’.

What is Gift Aid?

The UK Government allows charities to claim back tax on donations. This tax relief is called ‘Gift Aid’. Gift Aid is great because it means charities get extra money added to their donations at no extra cost to you. For example, for every £1 you donate, we receive £1.25.

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