Working with the business community

There are a number of ways that companies can help support the Foundation.

We are always looking for new partners to work with, as well as new opportunities to make our programmes more effective and available to an even wider community.

There are a wide variety of ways companies can help support the Foundation of Light, giving you the opportunity to contribute to your community and demonstrate your corporate social responsibility (CSR) while enjoying some unique benefits in the process.

The Foundation of Light has an impressive track record for developing bespoke CSR programmes to deliver results in the community.

As we have with long-standing partners such as Cestria Community Housing and Caterpillar Peterlee, we can help your company tackle issues that are relevant locally in areas such as youth unemployment, health, education and skills development.

Corporate Membership

One of the easiest ways to contribute to the development of the local community is to become a Foundation of Light Corporate Member. While you're helping the Foundation of Light to help others, you will receive some fantastic benefits, including invitations to unique events such our 'Top Scorer' celebration event where you'll hear first-hand from people who’ve benefitted from your donation, and a 'Tip-off Lunch' where you can pose your questions to the Sunderland AFC Head Coach.

  • Increase your networking and business contacts and gain access to exclusive events, receive a framed certificate of thanks, a monthly e-newsletter, bi-annual broadsheets and priority booking for all Foundation of Light events.
  • Claim a Sunderland AFC matchday programme signed by a member of the first-team squad by allowing the Foundation of Light to automatically renew your membership by standing order.
  • Pledge your support to helping local people and families through the Foundation’s exciting programmes for five years (making the full payment of £1,250 plus VAT), you will receive a personalised Sunderland AFC shirt signed by the SAFC first team.

To sign up for Corporate Membership call Cherie Lauder on 0191 551 5153 or request a call back by emailing

Sponsorship opportunities

The Foundation of Light offers many opportunities for sponsorship and, in return, can provide superb sponsor benefits, including extensive PR exposure and unrivalled sponsor experiences.

We work with thousands of families and tens of thousands of children across the North East, have access to matchday promotional tools and have excellent media links both regionally and nationally.

Sponsorship of a Foundation of Light event or programme is a terrific way to promote your company's charitable giving, increase exposure and demonstrate your company's corporate and social responsibilities.

To discuss Sponsorship Opportunities please contact our commercial team on 0191 551 5191.

Corporate Donor Roll Call


Business Impact UK

Caterpillar Peterlee

Cestria Community Housing

Derwentside Homes

Durham County Council

Expedient Training Services

Isos Housing


Premier League Charitable Fund

Profound Services Limited

Sunderland AFC

South Tyneside Metropolitan

Borough Council

Sunderland City Council



Angus Galletley


BBC Children in Need

County Durham Community Foundation

Drew Johnson

Down’s Syndrome Association

East Durham College

East Durham Homes

EDF Energy

Esmee Fairbairn

English Volleyball Association

Esh Group

Farringdon Community Sports College

Football Foundation

Foundation for Sport and the Arts

Garfield Weston Foundation


Grafton Group plc

Greggs PLC

Heart Research UK

Hermitage Academy

Mortimer School



NHS South of Tyne and Wear

Northumbrian Water

Park View School

People’s Postcode Lottery Trust

Port of Tyne

SAFC Players



Sir Bob Murray CBE

Sir James Knott Trust




The Big Lottery Fund

The FA

The Homeless FA

The Prince’s Trust


Washington Millennium Centre

Youth Sport Trust


Corporate Members

AES (Auto Electrical Solutions)

Alex Smiles

Arc International Cookware

Arco Limited

Argent Wealth Limited

Arrow Commercial Ltd

Ashford Orthodontics Limited

Balloon Mania

Bond Dickinson LLP

BP Scaffolding

Brewin Dolphin

Brims Construction

Business Impact UK

Cestria Community Housing

Collinson's Jewellers

Conex Data Systems Limited

Cooper Sunderland

Cottam Brush

Demon Interiors

DTW Promotional

Expedient Training Services

Express It Computers Limited

First 2 Print

GB Lubricants and Fuels

Gilwood CS Ltd


Hay and Kilner

Hays Credit

Hays Travel

Heavyweight Air Express

HLA Services

Howie White Resourcing Limited

James Herriot Partnership

Jasprint Limited

John Carr Dairyman

King Brothers

Kingsley Coaches Ltd

Lickety Split

Liebherr Sunderland Works

Lofthouse and Partners

Margaret Byrne

McNally and Thompson Limited

Mears Group Ltd

Michael Hodgson Chartered Surveyors

Milltech Limited

Monumental Training Ltd



Northern Gas Networks

Northumbrian Water Ltd

Olivers Dental Studio


Opus Dental Laboratory

Paul Gerry


Roseberry Leisure

Rowlands Accountants

RTC North

Sam Dowden Limited

Sedgefield Racecourse

Solution Group

Spark Response

Spire Washington Hospital

Station Taxis (Sunderland) LTD

Sunderland Association Football Club Supporters Association

Sunderland Branch Liaison Committee

Sunderland City Council Chief Executive Office

Sunderland Marriott Hotel

Sweet Home Alabama

The Blinds Place

The Blizzard

The Leighton Group

The Works

Tolent Construction Ltd

Total Office Product Supplies Limited

Total Sport North East Limited

Trust Print Consultants

TTR Barnes

UK Asbestos Specialists Ltd

University of Sunderland

Vantec Europe Limited