Foundation programmes

Volunteering and employee matched funding

We make it easier for Vodafone employees to make a difference in their communities. We're proud of them and want to pledge our support.

Vodafone matched funding - how it works

Employee matched funding: how it works 

If you're a Vodafone employee and you're doing volunteer work, we can match the funding you raise by up to €500 per year.

Matched volunteering hours 

We offer Vodafone employees more time to give back with matched company paid hours, up to a total of three working days a year.


Vodafone Ireland volunteers tell their stories

Stephanie Butler: Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Ireland has developed partnerships to build and refurbish properties in Dublin, providing affordable housing to families.

Having heard about the incredible work that the charity does, Stephanie volunteered to work on the renovation programme at two houses in Emmett Road, Inchicore.

“It was a fantastic experience, great fun and most importantly, rewarding” she said.

“We painted an entire house in one day! We held table quizzes, cake sales and flea markets to help raise funds for Emmett Road, all of which raised over €2,000. And to make it even better, the Vodafone Foundation supported us and matched our fundraising efforts!”

Sarah Pritchard: Concern Worldwide

Sarah Pritchard took part in Concern's annual fast to raise money for the world's poorest people.

“I have always really respected the work that Concern Worldwide do” she explains.

Sarah was delighted with the support from colleagues and friends and collected €300 in sponsorship.

“The fact that I knew Vodafone was going to match my fundraising really helped as it doubled everyone’s donation.”



The Vodafone Foundation is committed to providing assistance when disaster strikes. Through the Vodafone Instant Network Programme we aim to deploy Vodafone volunteers and technology in emergencies. We provide free communications and technical support to aid agencies and victims, and develop new technologies to support the humanitarian community.

Providing instant schools for children displaced by conflict

Instant Network schools

Globally, there are millions of refugee children in need of education. Displaced children affected by on-going conflicts currently have no access to quality education and are at high risk of never going back to school. Many school services for displaced children suffer from under-investment resulting in children missing out on several years of education and not being able to enter directly into formal schools at the correct grade. This means that education systems being put in place need to be flexible and innovative.

Since April 2013, the Vodafone Foundation has been working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other ‘in country’ partners to improve education for displaced young people across markets that Vodafone operates in.An Instant Network School is a solar powered centre with tablets where child refugees and teachers can access digital educational content and the internet. So far 16 Instant Network Schools have been deployed in Kenya, Congo and South Sudan, benefiting 26,402 children and 500 Teachers.

Instant Classroom

In March 2015 the Vodafone Foundation announced the launch of Instant Classroom to support in the roll out of the Instant Network Schools programme. Instant Classroom is a digital ‘school in a box’ that can be set up in a matter of minutes and has been specifically designed for areas where electricity and internet connectivity are unreliable or non-existent and will be deployed in partnership with UNHCR's Innovation and Education Units.

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