Find answers to your questions about Wonder below:
Who founded Wonder Foundation?
Wonder was the initiative of a group of London-based women, hailing from all over the world, who identified the need for more a collaborative approach to development in which the international community worked in harmony with the local community, who are listened to and lead the way in their own progress.
When was Wonder set up?
Wonder was established in 2009. We were registered as a company (no. 7921757) in 2011 and as a charity (no. 1148679) in 2012.
Where does Wonder work?
Wonder works with partners in the UK, Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. To learn more about these programmes and where we work, please click here.
Can Wonder give me or my organisation a grant or scholarship?
Wonder is a small organisation with limited funds. We are unable to process unsolicited applications for funding, and we cannot give scholarships to individuals.
How can I support Wonder’s work?
Can I volunteer at one of Wonder's projects abroad?
Yes! However, the projects Wonder works with are autonomous and are usually working under pressure with limited resources. If you contact us, we can see if you have the skills that will actively support their projects. However, you can always arrange a visit even if it is not possible for you to volunteer.
Can Wonder claim Gift Aid on my donations?
Yes, if you are a UK Taxpayer we can claim an additional 25p for every £1 you donate. If you are making a donation through our website, please tick the Gift Aid box so that we can automatically claim it. If you are donating by cheque or BACS please complete and return to us a Gift Aid form. If you are a higher-rate taxpayer and would like to make your donation go further, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that tax reclaimed on your gift aided donation will be treated as unrestricted funds that are to be used for Wonder Foundation's work worldwide.
Can I contribute via payroll giving?
Yes, please speak to your company’s HR department directly. If your company needs specific information or if we can help in any way please get in touch and email email@example.com
Does Wonder accept gifts in kind?
In principle, yes, but obviously there may be costs associated with sending goods abroad as well as import taxes and these may need to be fundraised for separately. You would also need to think about how this may affect your tax liability and import/ export restrictions in some countries, for example sending food or medicines. It is often easier and less expensive to buy the same items, if they are available, in the country where they will be used. Find out more information by clicking here.
Is there any particular equipment that your projects may need on the ground?
Yes - we are particularly looking for new or used laptops in good condition for our partners in Africa. With the internet a minefied for learning and computer skills now crucial for many jobs, young people need access to computers. Laptops are essential in places like Congo and Nigeria as there are power cuts each day, so being able to work from a battery is necessary. Get in touch if your company would like to help with this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I send a memorial gift in honour of another individual?
We are always greatly touched at receiving memorial gifts to honour the life of your loved ones. Please get in touch by emailing email@example.com, and we can discuss how best to allocate this gift within our projects accordingly.
I would like to fundraise for Wonder! Can you help me?
THANK YOU! You can get inspiration from previous fundraisers and marathon runners to extraordinary cake bakers, and find other useful information in our pack here. If you have additional questions, please drop us an email!
Can my school or church get involved?
I’ve been raising money for Wonder! Where can I send the money?
Thank you so much for raising money for us. We really appreciate your support! Please send us a cheque made payable to 'Wonder Foundation' to: 300 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6AE. Include your name, address and specify which project so that we can send you a thank you letter. Alternatively, if you would like to send it by bank transfer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep track of your donation.
Does Wonder accept legacies?
Wonder is always grateful for any funds that can contribute towards our mission and projects. Please get in touch email@example.com so that we can ensure that any money that you leave will be spent in a manner according to your wishes.
What does Wonder’s Christian ethos mean?
Wonder is built on the Christian values of Love, Solidarity, Dignity, Partnership, and Universality. Our projects serve their whole communities, not just those of Christian faith, and recognise the dignity of every person whom they work with. To learn more about our projects click here.
How much of my money donated goes towards the projects?
Our locally-led approach, where we partner with local organisations across the world, means your money goes a lot further. Our current donation policy ensures 94% of a donation goes directly towards charitable activities while the remaining 6% is invested in fundraising activities to help sustain our projects by creating wider awareness among the UK public.
Can I donate to support one specific project or projects in a particular region?
Yes. We have many donors giving back to their home countries, for example. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Where can I get updates on Wonder's work?
Please subscribe to our newsletter and do follow us on Twitter, Instagram, ‘like’ our Facebook page and subscribe to our Youtube channel to stay up-to-date with all of our exciting projects and programmes.
Do you only work with women?
Wonder Foundation is universal in outlook and not limited to any social group, race, gender, religion, or political affiliation; we work predominantly with women as our projects are geared towards the benefit of women and their families. Most, although not all, of our volunteers are women, as part of our mission is to empower women and give them skills, which they often do on placement. We also are conscious that the vulnerable women beneficiaries of our projects may not be comfortable being assisted by a man for personal or cultural reasons and their welfare is always our priority. We have had and currently do have some fantastic male volunteers, board members and supporters!
Where can I find out about Wonder finances?
Please do have a look at our Annual Report.
Does Wonder have a good track record with volunteering?
Yes! WONDER works with over 200 volunteers each year. To learn about past volunteers’ experiences, please click here.
We won LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year in 2016 and were nominated again in 2018. Find out more about our volunteering opportunities by clicking here.
Does the Wonder Foundation facilitate adoption, fostering or individual sponsorship of women or children in poor countries?
No. Our focus is to ensure that vulnerable women and children are supported through the organisations we work with and ultimately that their communities become strong enough so that they do not need external support.
Can I do a medical elective with Wonder?
Yes! Get in touch email@example.com and we will see if we can find an opportunity for you. At the moment, we are only able to accept applicants who speak good French.
Does Wonder belong to any networks or have any memberships?
Yes, we are registered with the European Voluntary Service, NCVO and the Fundraising Regulator. We are also a member of the Gender and Development Network, BOND and a member of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation network.
Find out more about Wonder by reading our Vision and Theory of Change below: