The Exeter Chiefs Foundation is a charity that exists with the sole aim of helping other charities.
Funds are raised at the Exeter Chiefs match day games via collections in the grounds and car parking. There are up to 20 charities each season that assist in co-ordinating and collecting all the monies on match days at Sandy Park, which are then shared across all those who assisted in the collections across the season.
Living Options Devon staff volunteered their time and braved the cold at Sandy Park in Exeter to be the charity bucket collectors at the Exeter Chiefs Women V Loughborough Lighting game on Saturday 25th February.
Final score was Exeter Chiefs Women 45 Loughborough Lighting 5
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 just over £2.5m and helped over 150 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.