About us

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We believe every young person should have a fair opportunity to find and fulfil their potential.

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As one of London’s leading educational charities, our mission is to fund, support and contribute to organisations, groups and individuals that deliver impactful educational opportunities for young people in the capital. We are:

Inclusive

We believe that all young people in London, but particularly those with experience of disadvantage, should have access to a wide range of educational opportunities.

Innovative

We know that to have a positive impact on young lives we need to go beyond traditional education, and we aren’t afraid to take chances. We champion new and innovative approaches to addressing needs and providing support.

Optimistic

We look for the positive in every situation and see potential where others may not. By staying open to new possibilities we can achieve great things.

Approachable

We always want to hear about great ideas and initiatives for young people. If you have a great plan and the skills to put it into action, but need funding to get it off the ground, we’d love to hear about it.


Governance and management

The Portal Trust is a registered charity, overseen by 12 voluntary governors and managed by 8 staff.

We have 4 Ambassadors and 5 Special Advisers, who give their time freely to help spread the word about our work and advise us on best practice.

We’re a member of the Tower Hamlets Education Partnership, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) and London Funders.

We’re proud to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

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