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Our national charities 

When KPMG chose to support Action for Literacy and Shelter, we did so because we believe literacy and secure housing are a basic skill and a basic need to which everyone has a right. Furthermore, these issues sit at the heart of rebuilding our economy.

This programme forms part of our community strategy where we focus on improving employability and strengthening community organisations. We now have teams across the firm working on lobbying, pro bono, volunteering and fundraising.



KPMG and the National Literacy Trust worked alongside the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy to publish a report on Youth Literacy and Employability. The research conducted for the report shows that young people feel lost and disengaged from the job market and need urgent support to get the skills they need to enter it. The report calls for a deeper partnership between business and education, which focuses on growing young people's literacy skills in order to improve their future employment prospects.


We have convened a working party across our housing, infrastructure and financial services teams to support our policy work with Shelter, looking at blockers and enablers in the housing policy landscape. Read our interim report, looking at the West Midlands region here.


In November KPMG and Shelter commissioned a survey of more than 4,000 British adults to gain fresh insight into the issues that matter most to voters. The results confirm that the economy and cost of living continue to dominate, but that housing will play a significant role in the next election. For more details click here.


Pro bono

KPMG staff are involved in fifteen pro bono engagements for Action for Literacy and Shelter. These include working with Shelter to upgrade their accounting systems, helping Dyslexia Action with their strategy, and advising the National Literacy Trust how to better manage their intellectual property.



Our people have been involved in a number of activities, for example working directly with children to encourage reading for pleasure and supporting Shelter shops to help generate revenue.

KPMG staff from Reading, Birmingham, London, Leeds, Liverpool, Preston and Southampton have been involved with Action for Literacy supporting our work to improve literacy in a variety of ways over the past year, working with a total of 226 students.

We are working with the charities to help them build a more sustainable, long term volunteering programme so they can get more value from volunteers as part of their need to work smarter in the face of funding challenges.

One year in to the partnership, we are on track to raise £1 million to support Action for Literacy and Shelter. To date we have raised over £400k as a firm, enabling over 3,000 young people to gain access to better literacy provision and over 800 families to remain safe and secure in their homes.



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Literacy and homelessness

Homeless or badly housed children are nearly twice as likely as other children to leave school without any GCSEs.


Find out more

If you would like find out more, or donate individually to the charities we are supporting, please visit the Action for Literacy or Shelter websites.