Charity of the Season
AISA supports The Arsenal Foundation
AISA has a long history of working with Arsenal Charities of the Season, and has raised over £70,000 since 2005. This season, 2013-14 AISA has decided to donate all income raised between 3 October-31 December to a nominated charity.
Previous charities supported financially and in other ways by AISA have included Teenage Cancer Trust, Save the Children, The Willow Foundation and Centrepoint.
The Club's work, both with charities and its community projects, is now under the umbrella of The Arsenal Foundation, a fundraising and grant-making organisation, which is intended to help grow the reach and effect of the programmes that the Club supports to help an increasing number of young people across the globe fulfil their potential and help their communities thrive. The diverse work of Arsenal in the Community and the Club’s global partnership with Save the Children will be supported by the Foundation, as will other charity partner projects.
From its earliest days, Arsenal contributed to its local community, always aware of the crowd it drew and how it could be used to positive effect. Arsenal’s early matchday programme cards were sold for a penny to raise money for Homes for Working Boys in Beresford Street, Woolwich when the Club was rooted in south London. The work continued when the Club moved north with a local hospital being one of the first to benefit from the Club’s relocation.
Arsenal’s work in its community has remained constant throughout its history and 125 years on, the main focus of The Arsenal Foundation will be to raise funds to help reach even more young people become the best they can be.
In Islington, the Club has set up two Families & Schools Together programmes in local schools – an initiative that helps to give parents the skills and confidence they need to better support and take a more active role in their children’s education. In China, meanwhile, the Club has made a donation of £300,000 to improve the quality of education for disadvantaged children aged six to 15, in some of Beijing’s most under-resourced schools.
For further information on The Arsenal Foundation, please follow either of these links:
AISA continues to support the Club's charitable and community projects. If you have any fundraising suggestions, please email Lois Langton at firstname.lastname@example.org