The Why Not? Trust, a Scottish charity for care leavers, has received a significant funding boost through a new partnership with the Catalyst for Impact Fund, established by US-based Scottish philanthropist Donald Porteous, which aims to support innovative work to improve social mobility in Scotland.  

The funding award, which has the potential of a 5-year partnership, will enable the Why Not? Trust to further develop long-term connections between care leavers and trusted adults that they have built meaningful relationships with.  

The funding will be specifically focused on new ways of connecting with care experienced young people, including those in the justice system, while creating a “digital hub” where all care leavers can safely connect with each other as well as accessing a range of information and supports aimed at improving their wellbeing.  

Director of The Why Not? Trust Nikki Thomas said:  

“We have set ourselves ambitious goals for over the next five years to enable us to really focus on the wellbeing of young care leavers and their support network and we will work to increase the number of young people we can help and bring into our community.  

This is very much in line with the aspirations set out in The Promise to ensure young people with care experience are given the opportunities they need and deserve as they reach adulthood.”  

Our huge thanks and appreciation go to the Catalyst for Impact Fund for having the vision and determination to tackle what have been long standing issues through new ways of working.” 

Donald Porteous, founder of the Catalyst for Impact Fund, added: 

“The Why Not? Trust impressed us by taking a new and innovative approach to challenges with care leavers, using technology to facilitate the process. I am happy to be providing early investment in their energy and desire to try this new approach and pursuit of material impact.”