The Gemma and Chris McGough Charitable Foundation CIO was established by Gemma and Chris McGough in 2017 with the goal of helping to further general charitable purposes benefitting children, families and the environment globally through the awarding of grants.
We will consider funding for charities whose aims are:
The advancement of environmental protection or improvement
The prevention or relief of child poverty
The advancement of education
The care, upbringing or establishment in life of children or young people
To assist the victims of natural disasters or war
The promotion of human rights
Gemma and Chris McGough are British based philanthropists who feel passionate about making a positive difference in the world. We both recognise how fortunate we have been in life, enjoying great success in our business careers as well as being blessed with wonderful family and friends and are therefore compelled to try and ‘give back’ helping safeguard the environment for the benefit of all and to play our small part in helping to improve the life changes of disadvantaged children and families.
In June 2020 we began a reforestation programme in South Nepal with the restoration of 32 hectares of the Bhatighadi Community Forest. The project is a partnership between the Gemma and Chris McGough Foundation, Chora Chori and The Mithila Wildlife Trust with the Divisional Forest Office donating almost 17,000 saplings.
The project brings immediate employment to the local Dalit (“untouchable”) people who have been left jobless because of COVID-19. Workers will restore a water supply to the area, clear scrub, plant saplings, manage and protect the forest. The forest will become a haven for wildlife while providing sustenance to the community through sustainable use of forest products and ecotourism as well as removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and helping to control flooding.