We aim to improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK.

Turner Contemporary

Stay up-to-date with emails from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Sign up to our newsletter

Celebrating 60 years of Esmée

In 2021, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation turned 60. We wanted to take some time to reflect over the last 60 years, and to celebrate the breadth of our work and all that we have achieved working with so many brilliant people and partners.

Great Crested Newt

Our Natural World

We want  to ensure that our natural world is restored and protected and that people benefit from that recovery. Working with others, we will contribute to three key impact goals: preserved and improved species health and habitats, clean and healthy freshwater, and sustainable and ethical food.

Find out more
Advocacy Academy

A Fairer Future

We want to contribute to a socially just and anti-racist society, where people have their rights protected, as well as the opportunity to speak and be heard, and the freedom to express their creativity. And across all our work in A Fairer Future, we are keen to support organisations led by the people they serve.

Find out more
Hijinx Theatre

Creative, Confident Communities

We want to strengthen the bonds in communities, helping local people to build vibrant, confident places where they can fulfil their creative, human and economic potential. Places where the local economy works better for the people who live there, where there is equality of access to arts and culture, and where communities are at the heart of change.

Find out more

Our impact

  • £971.7m

    Total grants made since 1961

  • £58.4m

    Funding spend in 2023

  • £60m

    Allocation to social investment

  • 70%

    Grants for core or unrestricted costs in 2023

Latest

You might be interested in

  • Corston Independent Funders' Coalition

    Corston Independent Funders’ Coalition shares new objectives

    The Corston Independent Funders’ Coalition (CIFC) is a group of independent funders working together to enable women’s access to justice by supporting women-centred, holistic and trauma-responsive approaches.

    Read more
  • Think for the Future.png

    Using social investment to secure a fairer future

    Tom Colborne, Esmée’s Social Investment Portfolio Manager, writes about our social investment plans to support in a fairer future. This is part of a series of blogs on how our social investment strategy will contribute to Esmée’s mission.

    Read more
  • Involving Young People Collective at Esmee

    Esmée and the Involving Young People Collective, Year 3

    To help us reflect on how Esmée and the Involving Young People Collective are working together, staff and young consultants complete an annual satisfaction survey, based on the 10 values for co-production with young people.

    Read more