- Birth of the Foundation: Founded by Sir Bob Murray CBE out of SAFC Community programme.
- SAFC Foundation gains charitable status.
- Launched: Family Learning Through Football to bring parents and children together through education.
- Into the community: Kickstart buses launched, heralding beginning of work with teenagers taking the Foundation into the community.
- HRH Countess of Wessex GCVO opens the Centre of Light at the Stadium of Light.
- Former Sunderland AFC player and Chairman Niall Quinn MBE becomes Foundation Trustee.
- 100th school attends Learning Through Football education programme.
- Launched: Pitstop education programme, working with at risk youngsters.
- Sport & Play: Football coaching courses delivered in Washington.
- Launched: Cestria Chester-le-Street outreach centre.
- 1000th school attends Learning Through Football education programme.
- Launched: Caterpillar outreach centre at Easington.
- Winners: Learning Winner for Pitstop education programme at Children and Young People Awards.
- Winners: Kicks Club of the Year.
- Winners: High Sheriff Award for Great and Valuable Services to the Community
- Honoured: Received ASDAN acknowledgement of Outstanding Practice.
- Launched: Little Dribblers programme working with children as young as two.
- First international soccer camp held.
- Foundation becomes EDEXCEL-accredited centre, allowing delivery of nationally recognised qualifications.
- Sunderland City Council Strategic Partnership formed.
- Winners: High Sheriff Award for Great and Valuable Services to the Community.
- SAFC Foundation rebranded as Foundation of Light.
- Launched: Derwentside Homes outreach centre.
- Winners: Learn Where You Are Award for Family Learning.
- Launched: Beacon of Light fundraising campaign.
- Launched: livin Sedgefield outreach centre.
The Foundation of Light was founded with the aim of inspiring people to change their lives for the better through the power of education and sport.