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WONDER Foundation

Building a better future for women and girls

WONDER Foundation logo

1st Formations charity partnership

Since 2012, the WONDER Foundation has been striving to provide underprivileged women and girls in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa with quality education and training. Their mission is to present them with opportunities, life choices, and personal development to help them thrive and exit poverty for good.

Over the years, WONDER has worked with 30 partners in 23 countries to equip more than 100,000 women and girls with wisdom, confidence, and livelihood skills.

7

fundraising
events

127

hours spent
volunteering

166

children and
families supported

£30,806

donated by direct donations
and fundraising events

Why we work with WONDER

At 1st Formations, we wanted to partner with a charity that can help us put our efforts into one area that has a global reach and allows us to make the biggest impact possible.

As champions of gender and employment equality, we partnered with WONDER to help empower women and girls all over the world, improve their quality of life, and inspire them with exciting life prospects.

Also, with one of WONDER’s key pillars being sustainable employment, this seemed a natural fit for us as a sustainable company. Our aligned values mean that we can help WONDER find safe and suitable work for women and girls.

Our objectives

We became an official corporate partner of WONDER in 2022. Together, we set the following objectives:

  • To further the aims of the WONDER Foundation. To focus on one partnership and maximise the efficiency of our charitable donations and activities to the most deserving causes.
  • To engage and educate all staff on the work of WODER, the challenges faced, and the opportunities to help.
  • To develop an altruistic understanding without our staff which they can continue to develop throughout their career.
  • To promote the work of the WONDER Foundation to our customers through social media and our website, encouraging education, engagement, and donations.
Portrait of 3 schoolgirls from the Colegio Junkabal in Guatemala City, wearing white t-shirts, and red and black tracksuit jackets.

Donations

1st Formations has donated £30,000 to WONDER since December 2022. These contributions are being used to directly fund the scholarship of girls at the Colegio Junkabal on the margins of Guatemala City’s huge rubbish dump, providing formal education. It is also helping provide vocational training for mothers, offering them better and safer employment.

Portrait of Dominic Bird standing with a pool cue in 1st Formations’ Games Room after winning a fundraising pool tournament.

Fundraising

We host regular charity events in our offices, encouraging staff to get involved and raise money for WONDER. Some of our recent activities include pool tournaments and Christmas Jumper Day. We also launched a fundraising tool on our internal staff portal, which allows team members to make personal donations through their profiles.

Group of four 1st Formations’ staff members working at a table with laptops during a WONDER Foundation volunteering day at The Baytree Centre in Brixton.

Volunteering

In 2023, 1st Formations staff took part in two very enjoyable and rewarding volunteering days at The Baytree Centre, in Brixton. Our team helped WONDER with their corporate strategy through promotional video design, philanthropic research and how AI tools can help improve engagement opportunities in diaspora communities.

We are proud to be a corporate partner of the WONDER Foundation. Through our partnership, it has been excellent to educate and engage our team on their amazing work.

Graeme Donnelly, CEO & Founder of 1st Formations
Graeme Donnelly, CEO & Founder of 1st Formations.