Based upon my philosophic father’s great advice that there are no pockets in a shroud, does one plan disposal or something that has a future, when you are no longer around to do what you would wish? My answer was that which matched my entrepreneurial spirit. The wealth came through four decades of hard work but like the old Confucian principle “Do something you love, and you will never work a day in your life” – my life work should somehow continue. This is not vanity but practicality.
A pot of anything is finite but an enterprise can continue to fill a pot, such it is with the Foundation. I have named it from the company I founded, Grass Roots. Its role is to be the recipient of any entrepreneurial surplus from the range of enterprises I have founded in the last few years. Whilst each has its own social purpose, if successful a surplus over costs should be the outcome. These such surpluses will be directed to good works.
The David Evans Grass Roots Foundation is a registered charity (number 1182456) that gives grants to organisations that help advance a well-rounded education to children and young people under 25 in the UK. The Foundation also runs its own or co-created programmes to help children and young people realise their potential and expand their professional and personal horizons. The charity accepts no unsolicited applications. Education forms the ground upon which the foundation is to be built. The word education is a broad church and in the context of our work will embrace health, sport, culture, science and sustainability. I hope that within all these areas, young people will flourish intellectually, physically, emotionally, culturally and ethically.
So, the model is one which is a virtuous circle. The success of any of these new enterprises will hopefully serve their social goals. Their very success will throw off a normal surplus, that in turn creates a better position for Britain’s young people to see and experience a broader more satisfying life.