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Sage Foundation

Delivering Sage’s global programme of corporate philanthropy

Embedded across all 23 Sage markets, Sage Foundation unifies colleagues, Partners and customers in a programme of social change philanthropy. We help tens of thousands of people in our local communities through more than 1,000 charities.

Inspiring young people through the Sage FutureMakers Programme

The fourth industrial revolution is one of the biggest challenges facing young people today. Sage’s FutureMakers programme provides hands-on experiences for young people aged between 13 and 17 to create solutions that combine the human element with machine intelligence. The programme aims to increase the understanding of artificial intelligence and the possibilities it entails, empowering and equipping young people to propose, design and implement innovative technology solutions to address serious social problems.

Design that aligns to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

The programme trains young people in human-centred design aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and provides hands-on training in Machine Learning techniques such as image recognition, voice synthesis and natural language processing and the ethical principles to be considered while creating Artificial Intelligence-powered products and services.

Sage FutureMakers is now in its second phase, with the programme being launched to 500 young people in five countries.

Sage Foundation believes in engaging and educating the next generation of AI leaders in our rapidly changing world. Our goal is to inspire young people from under-served communities to engage in AI and AI education. We aim to address the challenges young people face due to a changing workforce, by giving them skills for jobs don’t exist yet.

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A Place to Call Home: Sage Foundation's pilot preventing youth homelessness

Our Place to Call Home pilot identified 11 young people at risk of homelessness and over the course of one year managed to secure appropriate homes for all. Thanks to the pilot’s intervention, eight were able to stay in the family home. For the remaining three, this was not the appropriate option and stable, secure alternative homes were arranged. 

Sage Foundation worked with local charity Family Gateway to adapt its Barefoot Professional model, funding direct action with the young people at risk and their families, through counselling and practical support. Family Gateway’s model proved the right one, as it trains local parents, who have experienced similar issues, to support struggling families.
 
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CEO Steve Hare’s new challenge - help us donate $2 million by 2022

Partners and customers are invited to join Sage colleagues in our mission to raise $2 million for local charities by 2022. We’re kicking off the challenge through 20 events in 2020. 

Choose any challenge you like and support any charity close to your heart. We’ve been climbing mountains in Australia, cycling from London to Paris and riding multi-person bikes around Canadian cities. Danceathons, spinathons, marathons, and anything else you can come up with, are bringing us together, all around the world, to do good. 

To join in please contact us at: [email protected]
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About Sage Foundation

Sage Foundation provides time, resources, and technology so non-profit organisations can help more people reach their true potential. We are focused on building social, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities in our local communities.
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Impact report 2018: view our success

Sage volunteering was worth £2.8 million to charities last year. 2018 was our third year of doing good in our local communities. As each year passes, we’re finding our niche and growing up a little bit more. Our grants programme has become more refined with a strong focus on our three key signature programmes — Sage Empowering Women, Sage Inspiring Youth, and Sage Serving Heroes. In total, last year we supported 162 organisations globally. This was a significant increase across our signature programmes and an overall increase in the number of grants awarded versus the year before.