Our Philanthropy and Charitable Work

In 2023, the Institute of CPD’s mission is to ensure that learning and CPD opportunities are accessible to all. Not everyone has the same access to CPD. Fees, location and accessibility are just a few of the barriers that can limit learning for those who need it most. Yet it is universally agreed that education is key to unlocking positive new futures. 

That’s why 25% of all iCPD membership fees are donated to the Harris Foundation for Lifelong Learning. Together, the Institute and Foundation are creating everlasting opportunities for individuals to learn and develop their potential.

Jonathan Harris CBE established the Harris Foundation for Lifelong Learning over forty years ago to help professionals with their CPD.

Since then, the Foundation has evolved to support learning and education for all segments of society. 

Part of the Foundation’s focus in recent years has been on projects that support schoolchildren as they learn and hone important life skills.

Creative learning charity, Artis is one such example. It works with schools across the country to bring the curriculum alive through the arts – from singing to dance and drama. This creative approach helps to boost academic achievement, improve speaking & listening skills and build confidence and self-esteem.

Meanwhile, the Harris Foundation for Lifelong Learning’s partnership with The Globe Theatre, London has helped local schoolchildren to reap the rewards of performing on the stage. Through an exciting initiative named ‘Our Theatre’, local schools come together with their wider community to share the magic and drama of Shakespeare. Along the way, those involved get the chance to boost their soft skills, from communication to empathy.