Supporting local charities and community causes

About us

Shanly Foundation About Us

The Shanly Foundation aims to help members of society across a broad spectrum of worthy causes including the young, the elderly, those with a physical handicap, mental illness, injury or life limiting illness. The Foundation primarily supports local community groups, charities, schools and organisations operating in the Homes Counties and Thames Valley but does, from time to time, support both national and international causes such as The Scout Association, the 2014 Ebola crisis and the 2015 Syria survival kits.

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.

Since conception the Shanly Foundation has donated over £13 million to a huge range of organisations and charities. The Foundation is funded entirely from the discretionary distribution of profits made by the companies that make up the Shanly Group.

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.


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.