MFC Foundation was one of the very first Football Club charities, having originally been set up in 1995 as ‘Middlesbrough FC in the Community’ by Chairman of MFC Steve Gibson. Becoming a charity in 1996, Steve Gibson’s vision was to use the power of the Football Club badge to engage young people from the local community in activities at The Riverside Stadium. In 2012, it was relaunched as MFC Foundation.
Over the twenty years of its existence, the charity has reached over half a million beneficiaries, with lead programmes being adopted nationally.
Growth of the charity in its early years was underpinned by significant funding from statutory bodies, most notably from the now-defunct Regional Development Agency One North East. However, following ONE’s abolition, which also coincided with the Club’s relegation, the charity experienced a sharp drop in income, resulting in a significant reduction in the scale of its activities, and a notable decline in profile.
Over recent years, thanks to the ongoing support of the Club and other local and national funders, the Foundation has re-built and expanded its programmes. Following the Club’s promotion to the Premier League in 2016, the charity stepped up a gear in order to sustain its reach and impact over the longer term, recognising that it needs to have a clear strategy and plans in place for achieving its ambitions. Those priorities continue to be at the forefront of the Foundation’s plans to grow going into 2019.
This is our first strategic plan, setting out a number of key priorities for the next three years. Our intention is to use this as an overarching framework to guide our operational plans and as the basis for our performance management system, ensuring that what we do is not only effective, but also coherent with our longer term vision.