The Foundation was set up as a generalist grantmaking trust in 1971. We continue with the broad philanthropic interests of our benefactor Sir John Ellerman, while reflecting changing times.
Our aim is to advance the wellbeing of people, society and the natural world.
We like to support smaller organisations whose work has reach and significance across the UK. In order for our funds to have as wide an impact as possible we look for charities that have a national footprint.
As a responsive funder, we listen to what applicants judge is important rather than pursuing our own agenda.
We will support core costs or projects, depending on what is most needed. We are happy for our grants to be used as matched funding.