OSA Foundation

If you're a past OSA student and you want to make a positive difference to society, we want to help! The OSA Foundation offers support to projects which our alumni are passionate about. Learn more about the Foundation and how to get involved below.

What is the OSA Foundation?

We know that OSA alumni go on to change the world, in a whole variety of ways.

As part of our on-going commitment to helping our students be incredible citizens of the world, we want to do something to help them, by offering them a chance for ongoing advice, publicity, and funding for things they go on to do.

Vote Below!

See what our alumni's latest projects are, and why they think you should support them.

You can vote for a project to receive funding from the OSA Foundation by voting in the form below. Projects with more than 250 votes will receive funding from the Foundation. Voting ends at midnight on Friday 22nd March 2019.

Tara Hojjat

2017, Young Doctors’ Academy

South Bay Teens Against Hunger

Tara started South Bay Teens Against Hunger, which supports the local food bank by collecting donations of food and funds, in order to provide nutritious food to poor families in her area.

Discover more by clicking here.

Lend your support to South Bay Teens Against Hunger by ticking the relevant box below – your vote will help to raise awareness of Tara’s project and help the organisation to qualify for funding support from the OSA Foundation!

Reem and Noor Karim

2018, Young Doctors’ Academy

Syrian Expatriate Medical Association

Supported by Noor and Reem, the Syrian Expatriate Medical Association provides medical care and psychological support to refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria.

Discover more by clicking here.

Lend your support to SEMA by ticking the relevant box below – your vote will help to raise awareness of Noor and Reem’s project and help the organisation to qualify for funding support from the OSA Foundation!

Muhammad Huzaifa Zafar

2015, Young Doctors’ Academy

Uraan by Quadragon

Supported by Muhammad Huzaifa, the Uraan project will introduce teaching and learning tools into a kindergarten school with limited resources, bringing educational equality to the most vulnerable in the Karachi population.

Discover more by clicking here.

Lend your support to Uraan by ticking the relevant box below – your vote will help to raise awareness of Muhammad Huzaifa’s project and help the organisation to qualify for funding support from the OSA Foundation!

Angus de Wilton

2015, Activities Coordinator

The Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic

Angus will be volunteering as a doctor with the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic, a small rural medical clinic in Malawi that treats tropical diseases in the local population. 

Discover more by clicking here.

Lend your support to Angus and the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic by ticking the relevant box below – your vote will help to raise awareness of Angus’ project and help him to qualify for funding support from the OSA Foundation!

Apply Below!

If you are one of our OSA alumni, read on to find out how to apply for support from our Foundation.

How does it work?

We have set aside a maximum of £10,000 in 2018-19 to go towards our goal of making the world a better place.

Of this money £2,000 will go to charities, and the potential remaining £8,000 will be used to fund projects suggested by our alumni who are involved with them in some way. While we are able to give larger sums to help fund a project set up by an OSA student, we are also more than happy to consider causes to which our alumni have no official ties, but which they are dedicated to supporting. In this case we would ask that you are able to show evidence of this e.g. previous fundraising done for a charity, or voluntary work undertaken.

Our funding structure is as follows:

  • ‘Do it’ fund: for alumni to set up a new project, and get it off the ground. Grants from this fund are worth up to £500
  • ‘Grow it’ fund: to grow an established project (set up by OSA alumni), which has already seen results, and to enable it to widen its scope. Grants from this fund are worth up to £1000
  • ‘Support it’ fund: for projects not set up by alumni, but which they are dedicated to supporting. Grants from this fund are worth up to £250

You can apply for funding by filling in the form below, and all successfully shortlisted applications will then be voted on by our alumni and wider community. If your project meets our threshold of likes, we will be able to support you with funding.

(Please be aware that while we will try to consider any reasonable cause, OSA has the final decision on whether or not causes will be considered for support.)

 

Where does the money come from?

As we grow as an organisation through alumni referrals and a widening network of word-of-mouth advertising, we have the ability to add more money to our Foundation. Therefore, for every student who comes to OSA 2019 having been referred by one of our previous students we will add another £100 to the total available, to a maximum of £10,000. The more we grow, the more we can help you!

OSA Foundation

Criteria

Does your project make a genuine difference to the world?
Will our community be inspired to support it?
Are you passionate about it?

If yes, you are eligible to apply for support!

The Application Process Explained:

 

1. Applications open on 15th January and close on 15th February 2019. In your application, please tell us: 

  • What problem your project is hoping to solve
  • How your project will make a positive impact
  • What steps your project will take to be successful
  • Your goals and targets for your project
  • A breakdown of how the funding will be used
  • What the long-term plans for your project are.
  1. Once applications close, our selection panel will check your project meets the criteria (see above). If it does, your project will join the shortlist and be voted on by our community. We will let you know whether your project has been shortlisted by 22nd February
  2. Voting begins on 22nd February and ends 22nd March
  3. Any project that receives more than 250 votes will be eligible to receive funding from us, and we’ll be announcing which projects have met that threshold on the 22nd March.

Apply here!

Applications for this round of funding have now closed.

What have previous applicants done?

Read more about the alumni projects we have supported, and how to donate yourself!

Gemma Postill - Be The Vibe Jewelry

Founded by alumna Gemma Postill (2016, Young Doctors’ Academy), Be The Vibe is a fantastic social enterprise which sells jewelry made by Gemma to raise funds for sustainable water projects in Rwanda.

Discover more, and donate here.

Noa Donvan - UMTTR

Alumna Noa Donvan (2016, Young Doctors’ Academy) is heavily involved in the work of UMTTR, a peer-led organisation aiming to change the face of teen mental health in the US.

Discover more, and donate here.