Anthony Grant Bloom or simply Tony is perhaps most known for being the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club chairman and for helping personally fund the American Express Community Stadium and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. But what many may not be well aware is that he is in fact a philanthropist too.
He set up the “Bloom Foundation” which was formerly called the “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust” together with four other trustees including his wife Linda, Marcelle Lester, Marc Sugarman and Adam Franks.
In March of 2015, the charity has reported a total of £3.1 million worth of income coming from voluntary donations, pledges and investments and a £1.9 million worth of spending on charitable activities, investment management and governance. The foundation has its headquarters in #34 Jamestown Road, London, NW1 7BY.
The Bloom Foundation’s charitable objects state that it caters and works for “the prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. To promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.”
The main focus of the foundation involves a number of cases in relation to poverty relief. This includes among others: education, employment, economic and community development, life saving efforts, health improvement and advancement, overseas aid, famine relief, prevention and relief of poverty, and other charitable purposes.
Areas of concern include that of Europe, the United Kingdom as well as various developing countries in Asia and Africa which are known to immensely suffer from great bouts of poverty and inequality. Many of the afflicted are even women, children and the elderly.
Tony Bloom, together with the other four trustees, evaluates, searches, offers and makes grants to various organizations, causes and charities that have the same goals and objectives as the Bloom Foundation does. These grants are geared towards causes as mentioned earlier and primarily in the pursuit of improving people’s way of life by virtue of providing help in areas that are most needed like water, food, livelihood, education, employment, health and safety.