50 Years

2011 was the year of the 50th anniversary of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.  In the five decades since we were established we have channelled over £400 million into the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change.

To mark our 50th birthday we commissioned a short film with some stories about what we do.  Click below to see our birthday film.

Subtitled version of the film


50th Birthday Gifts

The anniversary provided us with a moment for celebration, to take pride in the organisations that we have supported and the lives across the UK that we have been able to change for the better.  It was also an opportunity to look back and reflect on the journey that we had been on, with friends past and present.  

As part of our celebrations, we chose 15 organisations to whom we have given birthday grants. These total £5million (this is in addition to our usual grant-making). 


The document below contains a very brief history of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in form of a picture gallery. You can read more about our history in the 2010 Annual Report