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Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation was established in 1961 by Ian Fairbairn as a memorial to his wife Esmée. Today it is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

In 2011 they committed over £40 million to a very wide range of work. 

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK.  They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change, and take pride in supporting work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund.

They respond to need. As an independent funder, they are able to take risks on work which breaks new ground, deals with challenging and difficult issues, or needs a more unusual form of financial help such as a loan. The aim is to encourage enterprising people and projects and always look to support work which is sustainable and responsibly planned. They also believe in stewardship - embracing the future while still valuing the past.



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The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life throughout the UK, and is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the country.