The Jo Cox Foundation Story

  • 2016

    June - The global response to Jo’s death

     Jo’s murder sparked a global wave of grief and solidarity. Thousands gathered in Trafalgar Square on what would have been her 42nd birthday at the ‘More in Common’ vigil with Malala Yousafzai and Sadiq Khan in attendance. Celebrations of Jo’s life also took place in Yorkshire, Edinburgh and as far as Nairobi, Washington and Buenos Aires in accordance with Jo’s message of unity over division.

    The public reaction to Jo’s death - in the UK and the world - showed that her values of respect, unity and compassion are widely shared.

  • “I did not have the privilege of knowing her. But I know the spirit that defined her life… she believed in an idea that transcends borders and cultures – the power of people to bring about change, from the grassroots up.”

    Barack Obama
  • June - The Jo Cox Fund

    In the days that followed Jo’s death over 40,000 people donated nearly £2 million to the Jo Cox Fund. Three £500,000 grants were made to three charities tackling issues that Jo believed in; The White Helmets, Hope not Hate and The Royal Voluntary Service.

    Jo Cox fund

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  • September - The Jo Cox Foundation is established

    The remaining funds were used to start the Jo Cox Foundation, officially established on 23rd September 2016 with the objective of building a positive legacy for Jo through championing the issues she cared about.


  • 2017

    February - The Cost of Doing Nothing

    The “Cost of Doing Nothing” report was published by Policy Exchange under leadership of Alison McGovern and Tom Tugenhat. Jo had started writing the report with Tom in 2016 to  make the case for Britain’s role in protecting civilians from conflict. The report attracted cross-party support from leaders past and present.

  • The first Great Get Together

    The first ever Great Get Together united the nation on the 16-18 June 2017, the anniversary of Jo’s murder.

    With more people attending than the 2012 Jubilee, it was truly one of the biggest community celebrations in our history. 83% of people said they met someone new and 78% said they felt more hopeful about Britain afterwards.


  • “ I had felt compelled and inspired by Jo’s life and work to do this, and I think a lot of other people felt that too. It’s been one of the things I am most proud of doing in my life.”

    Ruth, Great Get Together organiser 2017


  • June - Jo’s Coat of Arms Unveiled

    Jo’s coat of arms was unveiled in the House of Commons by her children of a ‘family day’ in Parliament.


  • December - The Jo Cox Loneliness Commission

    The Jo Cox Loneliness Commission published its report ‘A call to connect’ with 13 charities, declaring 9 million adults in the UK as ‘often or always lonely’ and calling for leadership on the issue.


  • The Great Christmas Get Together

    208,000 people take part in #MincePieMoments, reaching out to lonely and isolated people in their communities.

    Christmas get together

  • 2018

    January- The appointment of the world’s first Loneliness Minister

    Theresa May appointed Tracey Crouch MP as the world’s first Loneliness Minister. The Foundation marked the occasion with a reception in 10 Downing street.

  • March - The Jo Cox Memorial Grants launched by DFID

    The Department for International Development launched a £10 million fund to honor Jo, funding grassroots projects working on two issues Jo was passionate about; women’s social, economic and political empowerment and preventing identity-based violence.

  • June - £20 million fund for loneliness

    £20 million of new funding was announced for charities and community groups supporting isolated individuals. This included an £11 ‘Building Connections Fund’ specifically to support voluntary, community and charitable organisations that are bringing people together.

  • June - The Great Get Together 

    The second Great Get Together took place on Jo’s birthday weekend. 300,000 people got involved in around 4,500 events from cross country runs to coffee mornings that brought together groups of all ages, faiths and ethnicities.

  • October - The government launched its first Loneliness Strategy

    Theresa May launched “A connected society”, the first cross-government strategy to tackle loneliness. The strategy outlined a series of commitments to help connect people across all age ranges, including expanding social prescribing services, an Employers Pledge and a loneliness-check in all policy-making.
  • December - The Great Christmas Get Together returns

    Communities across the country reached out to lonely individuals through our second #MincePieMoments campaign. MPs joined the Foundation’s parliamentary reception to mark their commitment to prioritising the issue of loneliness in their constituencies.


  • 2019

    January - Starting a national conversation around intimidation in public life

    Following increasing levels of abuse towards MPs across the country, the Foundation helped to start a national conversation around the intimidation of people in public life. CEO Catherine Anderson, Ambassador Kim Leadbeater and Chair Jacqui Smith spoke on BBC News, Sky News, ITV News and on National Radio calling for greater civility, respect and compassion in national discourse. 


  • April - More in Common Community Training Day

    The Foundation hosted its first ever More in Common training day, bringing 60 Great Get Organisers from across the UK together to share their experiences and make plans to bring their communities together over the year-ahead.


  • May - Committee on Standards of Public Life

    The Foundation started work with The Committee on Standards in Public Life to convene the first Joint Standard of Conduct for political parties.

  • June - The Great Get Together

    720,000 people took part in over 11,000 events celebrating all that we have in common, with 71% of organisers saying The Great Get Together helped them feel less lonely.

    “It was amazing to see a millionaire having a cuppa with a homeless refugee, Muslims talking with Jews, Sikhs talking with Hindus, and young talking with elderly”

    - Andrew, GGT Organiser from Birmingham

  • September - The Foundation’s 3rd Birthday

    In these testing times, we know that Jo’s values matter more than ever. We truly believe that the charity and Jo’s legacy can continue to make a positive, tangible impact up and down the country for years to come.