Mission & Vision

St. Stephen’s Green Trust is a charitable foundation which respects human dignity and is committed to helping create a society where the dignity of all can be realised through social justice and inclusive, nurturing communities.

Our work is underpinned by core values:

  • Respect & Solidarity: We respect the dignity of the communities and individuals with which we work. We will listen to what they have to say to us and learn from their insights. We work in partnership with grantholders and the communities they serve. We believe better outcomes are achieved if we look to the communities for leadership and we acknowledge their ownership of the outcomes of the work we help fund.
  • Accountability & Transparency: We are accountable to a range of stakeholders for our stewardship, including our donors and the people with whom we are working in partnership. We hold ourselves accountable by setting high standards for ourselves and through the attention that we pay to assessing our impact. We are committed to being open about how and why we do things and will adhere to the highest possible standards of governance.
  • Integrity: We are committed to doing what is right and will hold ourselves to the highest standards of honesty and ethical behaviour.
  • Partnership: We recognise our mission can only be achieved in partnership with other committed individuals and organisations and we place a high value on effective collaboration. We see ourselves as enablers in any working relationships with partners and, as a learning organisation, we will share lessons from both our successes and challenges with other interested stakeholders.

We are committed to:

  • Sound analysis of the causes of inequalities, injustice and the effects of inequality and injustice on both individuals and communities. We will specifically focus on the structural, systemic and institutional drivers of social injustice.
  • Translating this analysis into an effective formulation of goals and programmes to inform our work. The strategies and tools we use as grant makers will be guided by this analysis and commitment.
  • Reflecting on the impact of our grants and the effectiveness and impact of our work.

The strategic approaches that we will use include:

Strategic intervention:

  • Providing grants that support activism and work to address issues relating to inequalities and injustice by seeking to identify and trial socially just alternatives and approaches.
  • Supporting organisations and activists to effect positive social change across specific priority issues, using a variety of approaches at various levels of intervention.

Strategic approach:

  • Being responsive, developmental and flexible in our funding approaches to ensure we focus on both areas of greatest need and on related policy and practice opportunities.
  • Being prepared to take risks where necessary and support new thinking and ways of working in order to achieve positive social change, while seeking to achieve maximum impact from our limited resources.

Strategic reflection:

  • Reflecting on the changing context in which we live and work and being open to new areas of concern and the views of others.
  • Collating, analysing and sharing our learning to influence positive social change in partnership with others.
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