The Young Foundation, based in London, was founded by renown social activist and sociologist Michael Young in 1954. Initially part of the Institute for Community Studies, it was renamed in 2005 in honour of its founder. The Young Foundation’s central mission is to tackle structural inequality through research and social innovation.
Research and thought leadership around the many issues underpinning inequality is one half of the foundation's work. However, the team also invests in, incubates and supports a range of social innovations and ventures. The Young Foundation has supported The Open University, Social Research Council, Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), The School of Social Entrepreneurship and many more recognisable and impactful social-impact organisations.