Celtic Football Club was formed in the city of Glasgow in 1888, principally to utilise a football club as a means of raising money to assist those in poverty living in the East End.
In 1888, the founder of the Club was a local Marist Brother of Irish origin, Brother Walfrid, who recognised the need for positive social integration between the Scottish and Irish living in Glasgow, hence the name Celtic, emphasising a bridge of cultures across the Irish Sea.
In 1994 the Club was taken over by new management who sought to maximise Celtic's potential as a football club and business but also, importantly, to recognise Celtic's social dimension, with a return to supporting charitable causes in the line with the founding principles of the Club.
In 1995, 'Celtic Charity Fund' was formed with the aim of revitalising Celtic's charitable traditions.
Today... Celtic FC Foundation
Over the past few years Celtic Charity Fund and its partner the Celtic Foundation have been involved in more educational, community, and charitable work than at any time in the Club's history. Such work is a measure of the Club's commitment to the charitable principles which were the motivation for the Club's founding father, Brother Walfrid.
As the social principles, key priorities, aims and objectives of Celtic Charity Fund and the Celtic Foundation are so clearly aligned, the natural progression for both units to become a new, stronger Scottish Charity with a wider role and greater reach resulted in the creation of Celtic FC Foundation which was officially registered as a Scottish Charity (number SC024648) in October 2013.
1254125 was a fundraising initiative launched in the summer of 2012.
We are asking every Celtic supporter across the globe to raise £125 in the Club's 125th Anniversary Year to improve the lives of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. Our target is to raise £1.25M.
We are asking YOU, our Celtic Family, to raise funds to help us deliver our 1254125 campaign.
This campaign will be a collective effort from all our global supporters.
Every Celtic supporter can get involved and decide how they can raise their £125 and we, at Celtic FC Foundation, will help you all the way. You can also make a donation through our Donate page.
We are delighted to have a full calendar of events coming up and a selection are online now for you to browse. These events will develop over the next few months so remember to keep checking the 1254125 page above.
To take YOUR pledge and email email@example.com for your sponsorship form.
Read some of our recent successes below:
Greater Maryhill Foodbank
Ahead of the Partick Thistle game at Firhill (KO: 12.45pm, Sunday, October 27), fans are being asked to lend their support in a practical way to a collection being organised by the Greater Maryhill Foodbank…… Read more HERE
Celtic manager, Neil Lennon, took a couple of hours away from Paradise on Wednesday, October 23 to attend a Celtic Masterclass with celebrated film-maker, Danny McGrath.
The project, which is run by the charitable arm of the Club – Celtic FC Foundation - focused in on local Secondary School, St Mungo’s, and was also attended by younger school children from Dalmarnock Primary and St Anne’s…… Read more HERE
Children's Music Programme
Glasgow has been awarded the National Music Council’s Music Technology in Education Award 2013. The award was based on two initiatives - Tech Zone and the Ashcraig school ipad band whihc is a programme funded by Celtic FC Foundation….. Read more HERE
Charity Cup Tournament
The seventh year of the Celtic Charity Cup five-a-side tournament proved to be a tremendous success as 16 teams fought it out to lift the trophy and raise over £4,000…… Read more HERE
Helping people near and far through the Small Donation Scheme
Celtic FC Foundation is delighted to confirm grants to 22 charities through our Small Donations Scheme, totalling £26,000.
The Scheme has been running for a number of years and aims to help improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people…… Read more HERE
Supporting Vibrant Glasgow education course
The Vibrant Glasgow free educational course, run by Celtic FC Foundation in association with ng homes, is for men and women people aged 18 and over with English as a second language in the G21 and G22 north-Glasgow communities…..Read more HERE
Celtic FC Foundation Trustees
The Board of Trustees currently numbers six and is selected by Celtic Football & Athletic Co Ltd. The Trustees are responsible for ensuring the charitable traditions and values of the Club are maintained, while managing, agreeing and actioning the distribution of funds.
- Chairman - Chris Traynor, CEO of BE Capital Group
- Peter Lawwell, CEO Celtic Football Club.
- Craig Paterson, Chairman Football Aid.
- Gavin Kelly, CEO Kinmont Advisory Group.
- Eric Riley, Finance Director Celtic Football Club.
- Adrian Filby, Commercial Director Celtic Football Club.
The CEO of Celtic FC Foundation is Tony Hamilton. Tony can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone +44-141-551-4321 or on Twitter @PolishTurnstile
Raffle Items, Signed Item Requests &Non-Monetary Donations
Please ensure you direct your request to Celtic FC’s PR Department, at least six weeks prior to your fundraising event in order to receive a response on time, to:-
Celtic Football Club
If you are raising funds on behalf of a registered charity, please supply a letter of authorisation from the charity confirming the details of your event together with a postal address to respond to, for your request to be considered.
CELTIC FC FOUNDATION CANNOT PROCESS REQUESTS FOR SIGNED ITEMS, RAFFLE REQUESTS, IN-KIND or NON-MONETARY DONATIONS
Small Grants Scheme
Celtic FC Foundation is a charity registered in Scotland (number SC024648).
Types of Charities We Support
Applicant charities MUST impact one or more of the following:-
Within these 3 key areas, there are many associated issues including (but not limited to):-
- Health and wellbeing
- Social Inclusion
We fund charities all over the World. However, due to the history of the Club, our priority areas are:-
- East End of Glasgow
- Wider Glasgow and the West
- Scotland and Ireland
Please note we can only consider applications submitted directly from registered charities, rather than individuals fundraising on their behalf. If you require any clarification or assistance in relation to completing the application form, please contact:
Celtic FC Foundation
Direct Telephone: 0141 551 4262
Completed forms should be returned, allowing sufficient time to meet the nearest closing date, to Jane Maguire at the above address.
This is a Small Grants Scheme so the maximum award is £3,000.
There are 2 closing dates per year – 30th June and 31st December – and decisions are communicated to all applicants within 8 weeks of each.
It is a competitive bidding process in that we receive applications totalling more than the funds available and those which best fit with the principal and subsidiary areas of support will be selected. Trustees decisions are final.
Click HERE to download an application form.