“There’s a great saying in life that says “charity starts at home, for us home is Exeter & Devon”, so being involved with The Exeter Chiefs Foundation is a great honour and one that benefits the local area through charitable activities.” – Michael Caines MBE
The official club charity of the Exeter Chiefs, the Exeter Chiefs Foundation was set up in 2011 to help promote the local community and the vision of people who live and work there. Put together back by three rugby directors and three local businessmen, the Exeter Foundation is a city-based charity that has been working tirelessly to bring future prosperity to the people in and around the Devon city. In February 2017, the Exeter Chiefs Foundation celebrated reaching the fantastic milestone of £1m raised for charities and organisations across Exeter and the wider area, and since its inception, the Exeter Chiefs Foundation has helped to directly fund over 75 different charities and organisations in a series of wide-ranging projects and schemes. Headed up by chairman Tony Rowe OBE and fellow trustees Marc Astley, David Bird, Keiron Northcott, Alan Quantick and celebrity chef Michael Caines MBE, they have helped to oversee the fundraising exploits of countless people locally. From match-day collections on Exeter Chiefs match-days through to Big Walks, Cycle Challenges, Charity Dinners and varying events devised by members of the Foundation XV, it has resulted in the £1m milestone being reached.
In 2019, we raised £6, 538 for the foundation while in 2020, a very special dinner with Phil Vickery helped to raise over £7, 300.