Welcome to ZING
ZING supports organisations whose outcomes are focused on young people realising their potential.
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We actively seek out a small number of diverse organisations each year and provide unrestricted grants or social investment. We have invested over £2,000,000 since 2011.


Through the ZING Forum and broader network we connect our partners with a wide range of expertise, other funders and other collaborative youth-oriented organisations.


ZING funds open source software initiatives as well as Unleashing Potential, the not-for-profit tech consultancy for not-for-profits.

Our Partners

Our partner organisations are all run as businesses. They are innovative in their income generation, keep overheads in check, and rigorously measure their outcomes.

We are attracted by organisations with a proven business model that is scalable, sustainable, and responds cost effectively to a community/society need.

We are very privileged to be learning from our partners as to how best unleash the potential of the young people they work with.

Future First

Alumni Communities

We See Hope

Generation Hope

Greenhouse Sports

Development through Sport


Digital Skills


Youth into Employment

Restless Development

Youth-led Development

Inclusive Classrooms

Supporting Teaching Assistants

Right To Succeed

Equality in Education

UK Youth

A better future for young people

Working Knowledge

Highlighting Young Talent

Step Up To Serve

#iwill Pledges

Enabling Enterprise

Readiness for Life

Free the Children

Citizenship Learning

Ark Schools

Data for the Education Sector



To provide investment, connections and access to technology expertise to youth impact organisations with a proven business model and with whom we find a strong connection.


To be a collaborative, powerful and positive force for good in helping young people realise their potential.


We strongly believe that solving systemic societal challenges for young people can only be achieved by building trusted relationships with our partners, fellow funders and network in the private and public sectors. These trusted friends include: Unleashing Potential, Yoti, The Berkeley Partnership, Impetus PEF, ACF, London Funders, The Foundation, Blagrave Trust and Dulverton Trust

ZING supports the 360Giving open data initiative.

You can find details of our grants here (.csv format).

This data is licensed under the Public Domain Dedication.


  • April 1969

    Robin and Chris enter the world 11 days and 200 yards apart

  • May 2009

    Robin and Chris combine forces to set up a Foundation and agree to 'buy' themselves 5 years worth of learning

  • December 2009

    Foundation is named ZING and registered with Charity Commission

  • December 2010

    First grants made to Greenhouse and HOPE HIV

  • December 2011

    The inaugural ZING Forum takes place

  • April 2012

    Key open source software partnership with CiviCRM commences

  • January 2013

    Not-for-profit Tech Consultancy, Unleashing Potential, is launched

  • December 2014

    ZING celebrates its 5th birthday and £2,000,000 of investment

Who we are

A team of two supported by a team of thousands.

Robin Tombs


Chris White


Robin and Chris are lifelong friends. Having been to school, gone to youth group, travelled and shared a house together they often talked about 'giving back'. Robin's successful entrepreneurial career and Chris's learnings from working with several corporate foundations as part of his management consultancy career made this possible so they combined forces in 2009 and created ZING. Both are passionate about creating opportunities for young people to achieve their potential in life and share a desire to bring scalable web and mobile technologies to the not-for-profit sector.

Contact Us

We do not run a grant application process and proactively seek out our partners. We love to hear from inspiring charities and social entrepreneurs.