We are a fund-raising organisation committed to improving the prosperity of the communities we serve by making donations that make people’s lives better.
Who We Are
The Exeter Chiefs Foundation is a charity that exists with the sole aim of helping other charities.
All of the money we raise is donated to worthy causes in and around the city with a focus on supporting ‘tangible’ investments.
These have included funding building and renovation works, the installation of play equipment, and assistance with buying a large number of vehicles, ranging from minibuses to a boat for the Topsham Sea Scout Group.
Founded by club Chairman Tony Rowe OBE, the team of trustees is drawn from the Chiefs board of directors and the business community.
As well as deciding on how the charity’s money is shared, the trustees organise a number of fund-raising events each year including the prestigious Devon Sports Awards, as well as pre-season and end of season gala dinners.
All charities in the greater Exeter area are able to apply for funds, either from an annual designated pot of money, or one-off donations (see more below).
The amounts awarded by the trustees range from a few hundred pounds, to a record £50,000 which was matched by the Exeter Summer Property Ball Committee and presented to Hospiscare to pay for the vital refurbishment of a 12-bed ward at Searle House in Exeter.
To date the Foundation has raised £2m.
Established in 2011, The Exeter Foundation was formed by the Executive of Exeter Rugby Club with some local businessmen with a passion for fundraising and rugby.
As the Exeter Chiefs progressed as a team over the years, it became more and more popular with local charities and organisations to request the opportunity to collect at games as a source of income and fundraising. At the point Exeter Rugby Club were promoted into the English Premiership for the 2010/11 season, it became apparent that a more formal approach needed to be taken. This in turn would allow the Rugby Club to support as many organisations as possible on a match day, as well as developing a tight union with the local community. Not only was a fair process needed, an overarching foundation was sought to administer it.
Since inception, the charity has raised more than £2m and helped over 120 projects, charities and organisations .
Chaired by Exeter Chiefs' Chairman, Tony Rowe OBE, the Exeter Chiefs Foundation is a charity that exists to assist and enhance the lives of the local community.