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Support Us

We are incredibly grateful to receive donations from individuals, trusts & foundations or companies who share our passion for helping young people with a learning disability and/or autism spectrum condition to secure full-time, paid employment which is key to enabling them to live more independent, healthier and happier lives.

DFN Project SEARCH is scaling for impact, and we need your help.

As a charity, we are currently able to enrol just over 1,000 young people with a learning disability and/or autism spectrum condition per year.

But with only 5.1% of people with a learning disability in employment, and the number of people with a learning disability increasing year-on-year, there is an urgent need for us to scale up.

Our aim is to increase our capacity so that by the end of 2030, we can enrol 3,000 interns per year and support 1,800 of them into full-time paid employment. To achieve this ambitious target, we need to invest just under £7 million over the next 10 years.

DFN Project SEARCH is registered with the Fundraising Regulator.

You can find information about our fundraising complaints procedure and ethical fundraising policy here.


We are extremely grateful to all of our individual supporters who have been instrumental in helping our small charity achieve big ambitions.

Whether you are looking to make a one-off donation or support us over the medium to long term, your donation will have a huge impact. It will help:

Reach our target of supporting 3,000 interns per year.
Give a voice to our interns through our Youth Advisory Group
Expand our provision in underserved areas of the UK
Increase our capacity to gather vital data to ensure we are always improving and offering young people the high-quality internships that they deserve

If you are considering supporting us at a higher level over multiple years, our Supporters’ Circle might be of interest. Our Supporters’ Circle starts at £10,000 per year across three years.
Please email development@dfnprojectsearch.org to find out more about supporting our work.

Funding Partnerships

Trusts and foundations form a crucial part of our funding ecosystem. Since 2019, we have worked closely with a small number of funding partners with whom we have developed mutually rewarding relationships. Trusts and foundations have not only provided vital income that has enabled us to plan for our future; they have also provided strategic advice that has been invaluable to us in our first five years of operating as a charity.

Our current funding partners include David Forbes-Nixon Charitable Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Henry Smith Charity, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Youth Futures Foundation, COINS, Social Business Trust and Pears Foundation.


Support Our Work

This is an exciting time for trusts and foundations to get involved with DFN Project SEARCH. By 2030, we aim to have supported 10,000 young people into employment. We are seeking support from trusts and foundations for the following activities:

Expanding our reach to more areas across the UK, especially those areas where young people with a learning disability and/or autism spectrum condition are currently underserved.
Creating meaningful opportunities for young people with a learning disability or autism spectrum condition, or both, to have their say and influence our work through our Youth Advisory Group.
Gathering longitudinal data to evaluate the long-term impact that DFN Project SEARCH has on a young person’s career.
Building our internal capacity to ensure we continue to facilitate high quality internships informed by research and best practice.

Please contact development@dfnprojectsearch.org

if you would like to discuss supporting DFN Project SEARCH at this pivotal time in our development.

What our funding partners receive from us:

We make it easy for our funding partners to see the difference made by their support. We collect quantitative and qualitative data through stakeholder and intern surveys. This allows us to track our success against our intended outcomes and explore important questions like ‘why are women graduates working fewer hours than men?’ We use this data to report to our funders on what works and what needs improvement.

Registered with Fundraising Regulator