Get involved

The Partnership aims to be a responsible member of the community. We favour donating to charities close to where we operate. 

Group of pupils at a school who did a Just Enough workshop

Donation policy

We do not give money to individuals, religious or political groups or third-party fundraising.  

We channel the majority of our giving through our Community Matters scheme in Waitrose and John Lewis shops. Each month every Waitrose store donates £1,000 (£500 for convenience stores), and every three months John Lewis donates £3,000 split across three local good causes.

If you have a cause you think we could support, contact our champion for community giving at your local Waitrose store or our Community Liaison Coordinator at your local John Lewis branch. As we are contacted by so many organisations throughout the year, we cannot always give a swift reply, but we will get back to you as soon as possible if we can help.

Two Partners holding up collection tins for the Trussell Trust FoodBank and in front of a food collection

The Golden Jubilee Trust

For charities that would like to highlight a potential secondment opportunity to our Partners please download the Golden Jubilee Trust information leaflet for charities (PDF 3.5MB) for more information. All Golden Jubilee Trust reports can be viewed in our report archive. Trustees value secondments which demonstrate a strong skills match between Partner's and their projects and will deliver a long lasting impact well beyond the completion of the secondment period. Projects which are important to the local community and which help a charity to achieve previously unreachable goals are prioritised. Find out more about the work of the Trust.

John Spedan Lewis Trust for the Advancement of Natural Sciences

The Trust promotes an interest in natural history. It was established in 1955, in honour of John Spedan Lewis, an enthusiastic naturalist, who studied the plants and animals of the Leckford Estate in his spare time.

In 1972, several small areas of Leckford farm were adopted as Nature Reserves. Over the years, visiting experts have monitored and recorded the many plant, insect and animal species that live there. The Trust also supports volunteers during conservation projects on its reserves and runs a programme of annual lectures. The Trust has eight Trustees, who are appointed by the President of the Partnership Council. For enquiries, contact the Secretary at the following address: JSLTANS, The Secretary, c/o Estate Office, Leckford Estate, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6JF.

John Spedan Lewis Foundation logo

John Spedan Lewis Foundation

This foundation provides finance for horticulture, ornithology, entomology and associated environmental education and conservation projects. Preference for funding is given to small projects with an educational content. The size of donations range from approximately £500 to £5,000.

Further information about the Foundation can be obtained by emailing JSLF@johnlewis.co.uk or from the Charity Commission.

Two young men in a workshop from a charity in Crystal Palace that received funding from the John Lewis Foundation

The John Lewis Foundation

The John Lewis Foundation's primary aim is to invest in disadvantaged communities that support the John Lewis business throughout the world helping them to acquire relevant skills required for meaningful employment. In 2016 the single use carrier bag charge was introduced to England and Scotland and monies raised through this specifically support disadvantaged communities within these countries. The money raised in Wales continues to be donated to Keep Wales Tidy.

Further information about the Foundation can be obtained from its website, by emailing johnlewisfoundation@johnlewis.co.uk or from the Charity Commission.

The Waitrose Foundation

The Waitrose Foundation is a partnership between Waitrose, our suppliers and the growers who produce, pick and pack our fresh produce in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. The Foundation was launched in 2005 to help improve the lives of the workers and communities that supply our products, including some citrus fruits, flowers and avocados. Find out more at www.waitrose.com.

Carrier bag levy

For further information about how funds are allocated from the carrier bag levy please see www.waitrose.com and www.johnlewis.com