History of the charity
The One Foundation was formed in June 2011, after our Council identified the need for a more efficient, robust and professional way to assist individuals and companies in making charitable donations. At the One Foundation we help local individuals and companies support community projects within sport, education and culture. The Foundation team have spent a considerable amount of time and resources on agreeing the legislative framework and putting a professional foundation structure in place to contribute and positively impact the local community. To date, the One Foundation have distributed more than £3 million pounds in Jersey, which has directly benefited the Island community. The One Foundation ensure Jersey’s individuals, teams and community projects have the backing they need to succeed.
Founder & Guardian
The CEO of Dominion, Ben Cooke, is also the Founder and Guardian of both the One Foundation and the Jersey Sport Foundation.
Ben formed the One Foundation in 2011 when he identified a need for a structure to be put into place both financially and professionally to help assist local sports clubs, charities and other not for profit organisations. The Jersey Sport Foundation was later formed in 2014 when a need was identified for the delivery of specific services to sports associations. Ben has an active role within the Foundations, and sits as the Guardian of both the One Foundation and Jersey Sport Foundation Boards.
As well as his, and his families, philanthropic desire to help the local community, Ben is a keen sportsman and has undertaken a number of sporting challenges over the years including completing triathlons, multiple Ironman 70.3 events and annual long distance cycling trips - as well as competing in local swimming meets.
Cultural Council Member
Rod has been States’ Cultural Development Officer since 2006. Previously, he held the position of Chief Officer in the Bailiff’s Chambers and as the Director of the Jersey Arts Centre - for 13 years. He trained as a journalist and was Deputy News Editor of the Jersey Evening Post.
Educated in Jersey and a graduate in English from the University of Edinburgh, Rod is particularly interested in literature, theatre, classical music, history and the visual arts. He enjoys writing occasional reviews, reading, playing the classical guitar and experimenting in the kitchen.
Sophie Le Blond
Sophie is the Coordinator of the One Foundation having joined the organisation in January 2012.
As part of the One Foundation team, her role involves all aspects of administration from guiding applicants through the process of applying for sponsorship, to collating governance and outcome reporting documents. Sophie is also involved with the projects and events that Dominion engages in as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Sophie is an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has completed the Level 3 First Line Management Diploma. She also holds a Foundation Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.