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Shanly Foundation About Us

The Shanly Foundation aims to support causes that help individuals and benefit the local community, including support for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, the homeless, those with mental health issues and people with physical disabilities, injury or life limiting illness. Whilst the Foundation tends to make a large amount of awards across a wide spectrum, on occasion larger awards are granted where it is considered a greater impact can be achieved.

Financed entirely by the profits generated by the Shanly Group of companies, The Foundation has to-date donated over £13m to thousands of local community groups and charities. Its donations support a range of causes including those with physical disabilities, mental health issues, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and the homeless.

The Shanly Foundation has been a longstanding supporter of the Woodlands Trust helping to plant over 20,000 trees over the last seven years. It has also donated over £250,000 to the Scouts Association, running a national competition for groups in need of improved meeting places – the Foundation was recognised for its impact at The Scout Association’s Partner Awards winning Best Campaign in 2017.

Part of the Shanly Group of companies, The Shanly Foundation is the Group’s charitable arm established by founder and owner, Michael Shanly.

Award recipients are determined not only by the Trustees of the Foundation but also by the staff of the Shanly Group of companies whose hard work makes all of this possible. Staff are invited to attend monthly Foundation meetings and are actively encouraged to introduce charities and organisations that are close to their hearts.

Other companies within the Group are Shanly Homes, Sorbon Estates and Shanly Partnership Homes specialising in commercial and residential property development, ownership and asset management across London and the South East.

In 2019 Shanly Group is proud to be celebrating its 50th anniversary by giving back to charities, customers, tenants and staff. Visit our dedicated webpage to keep up-to-date with our latest news.


The Shanly Group of companies was established in 1969 by chairman and owner, Michael Shanly. The principal operating companies in the Group are:

Shanly Homes – an award-winning regional housebuilder with its main area of operation in the Homes Counties and Thames Valley regions. Well-established and award winning, the company has a commitment to building high specification, sustainable, architecturally innovative homes in desirable locations in the South East.

Sorbon Estates – a commercial property investment company specialising in acquiring, refurbishing, redeveloping and managing its retail, leisure, industrial, office and marina assets to maximise their potential.

Shanly Partnership Homes –Awarded Register Provider status in 2012, the company delivers high quality, high specification new homes to the shared ownership market across the Home Counties. The rental aspect of these homes is managed by Sorbon Estates.

The Shanly Foundation was born out of the success of these companies and the vision of the Chairman to invest in the local communities. After many years of philanthropic donations, this support was formalised in 1997 through the creation of the Michael Shanly Charitable Trust which, in 2012, became the Shanly Foundation.