The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation is the world's first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying by connecting communities and raising funds to support those doing real-world work to eradicate bullying.
We stand up against bullying regardless of to whom it happens. We support organisations and projects that help stop bullying, help those hurt by bullying and/or help increase equality and diversity. We do this because up to 50% of children and young people and many adults in the UK say they have experienced bullying. People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are even more likely to be bullied. People who are bullied feel disconnected, leading to a sense of isolation and loneliness. They are often wary of others and lack quality friendships. They can suffer from low self-esteem, poor achievement, an increased risk of depression or anxiety and, in extreme cases, a higher risk of suicide.
The Foundation was started in 2012 by Ben Cohen, former rugby union international and 2003 Rugby World Cup Winner. Ben was moved to launch the Foundation following the terrible events of his father’s death when he was
fatally injured trying to protect an employee.
Since 2012, governed by the charity’s Trustees, the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation has grown from strength to strength and we are proud to have supported over 43 charities and organisations. We raise funds for these organisations through holding fundraising events and by receiving donations from individuals from their own fundraising efforts. We also receive support from corporate organisations by working in collaboration to help them achieve their citizenship aims of supporting communities. This support has enabled us to make grants to a growing number of organisations that are taking action against bullying across a broad spectrum of areas including schools, online, in the workplace, amongst the LGBT community and in sport.
We are a highly collaborative organisation that helps connect communities to create a world of tolerance, understanding and kindness.
Ben Cohen, MBE, is an England Rugby Legend. He is a World Cup champion, and second all-time try scorer for his country. In May 2011, Ben retired at the top of his game to found the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation.
He travels worldwide speaking to businesses about the importance of character, respect and equality in creating a kinder world. Ben has reached millions of people with his anti-bullying message through global media coverage: He has over 500,000 followers on social media. In the UK, he has worked with the Home Office, where he led the charge for a StandUp Charter to end homophobia across sports particularly in soccer, rugby and tennis.