The Ethical Property Foundation is a socially enterprising charity launched in 2004 with the vision that buildings should be managed for the benefit of people and planet. Our vision is of a world where the use of buildings helps people, the community and the environment.
The Foundation launched its Property Advice Service in 2005 to provide independent information, advice and training to charities, social enterprises and community groups on property issues. Since then, we have successfully helped more than 3000 not for profits rent, buy, let or manage property. In February 2015 the Foundation became lead referral partner for land and property advice to the Charity Commission.
By building the voluntary sector’s knowledge and confidence around premises issues and ensuring they have access to good professional advice, the Foundation works to ensure property is a boost rather than a burden. Launched initially in London, the Property Advice Service was launched England-wide in 2012. We offer training, property surgeries and workshops across the UK.
The Foundation earns its income from its growing consultancy business– supporting larger not-for-profits and is able to supply property advice free at the point of access thanks to grant funding to smaller charities and community groups. We work closely with our Register of 45+ property professionals who are committed to the non-profit sector and offer pro bono and discounted advice.
Every two years we run the Charity Property Matters Survey in partnership with the Charity Commission, with which we engage with policy makers and representatives from the voluntary sector and property industry.
Alongside our property advice service, the Foundation also engages with the mainstream commercial property sector to promote ethical workplace management through its new workplace accreditation the fairplace Award, a quality mark which recognises and celebrate best practice in the management of buildings for people, community and planet. We deliver this Award in partnership with our senior volunteer assessors and an Independent Scrutiny Panel who ensure standards remain consistently high and fair.