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Gillian Dickson (Staff)
Social Investment Manager

Gillian Dickson

Before joining the Foundation, Gillian worked in various lending roles in the corporate banking sector and in development finance for the UK Government.


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    Increasing our funding for racial justice: a first step

    We are offering organisations in our portfolio that are led by and for racialised communities additional unrestricted funding. A total of £2m has been made available, which will be split equally between the organisations that meet the criteria for this funding.

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  • Devon Wildlife Trust, Caen Wetlands

    Innovative funding to restore nature

    Watch our webinar to learn about the challenges and opportunities of innovative finance models for restoring nature from Devon Wildlife Trust, Moors for the Future, National Farmers Union, The Rivers Trust and Triodos Bank.

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    Q&A on Esmée's new strategy and how we make decisions

    Watch our webinar on our new strategy and how we make decisions. The Esmée Team also share more detail around our impact goals and priorities under each aim.

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  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation welcomes two new trustees

    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation welcomes two new Trustees

    We are thrilled to welcome two new Trustees to Esmée's Board: Professor Claire Alexander and Dr Wanda Wyporska.

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    Caroline Mason awarded a damehood in New Year's Honours list

    Our Chief Executive, Caroline Mason CBE, has been recognised with a damehood in the New Year's honours list

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    What we're doing about diversity, equity and inclusion

    This article explains where Esmée Fairbairn has got to so far, where we're headed, and pulls together our views, plans, and resources.

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    Restoring our natural world

    To tackle climate change, we believe restoring our natural world is vital and the need to do so more urgent. Watch our webinar, where we asked our panel of experts whether it was time to try something new.

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    Creativity is Everywhere

    Watch our webinar, Creativity is Everywhere, where our panel of experts share their perspective of what it means to take a truly collaborative approach to culture and creativity.

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    Unlocking change webinars

    EVENTS ON MULTIPLE DATES: To bring our new strategy to life, we’re holding three webinars to explore ways of unlocking change for our three aims: Our Natural World; A Fairer Future; and Creative, Confident, Communities

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    Using hackathons and human-centred design to help us involve young people in Esmée’s work

    Betty Mayo, a young consultant with our Involving Young People Collective writes about how we’re using hackathons and human-centred design to help us to embed young people’s insights into our work and why they’re a great method for innovation and problem-solving within communities.

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  • Serena Murdoch, IYPC Member

    Why I joined Esmée's Involving Young People Collective

    As part of the Power of Youth Festival, Serena Murdoch, a member of our Involving Young People Collective, writes about why she got involved and her experience so far of working with Esmée.

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    People make change

    Watch our webinar, People Make Change, where we heard from a panel of experts on harnessing the power of people's experiences to bring about a fairer future.

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    New strategy

    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has launched a new strategy focusing on our natural world, a fairer future and creative, confident communities.

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    Lessons from supporting young people with care experience during COVID-19

    In a new report, we share insights on supporting young people with care experience through COVID-19. By sharing it, we hope not only to celebrate what has been possible, but also to inspire others to carry forward successful practice and approaches into the future.

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    How our impact-first approach led us to our first Perpetual Bond

    We share our learning from our social investment into Fair for You and our first Perpetual Bond along with how it could open up finance options for social purpose organisations looking for equity-like investment.

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    Insights from our response to COVID-19

    In this Insights report, we summarise how we responded to COVID-19 and what we learned about ourselves as a funder as well as what organisations we support have told us about how they've managed and some of the risks they now face.

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    Revising our strategy - update

    An update on our new strategy, which we plan to launch in October 2020.

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    Insights in Brief: Social Investment and COVID-19

    A new report sharing what we've learned from our social investments in light of Coronavirus, and how we could use this to inform the stages of rescue, recovery and revival.

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    Raising new money for nature

    Defra, the Environment Agency, and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, with the support of Triodos Bank UK, have formed a collaboration to support environmental projects to attract private sector or other investment to help tackle climate change and restore nature.

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    Our Annual Report for 2019

    Read our 2019 Annual Report, which gives an overview of Esmee's year - our operations, funding and investments.

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    Caroline Mason: Esmée Fairbairn’s response to coronavirus

    Read about our response to Coronavirus

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    Coronavirus - Grants Plus support

    Find out how we've adapted our Grants Plus offer to support current grantees and investees.

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    Coronavirus - funding and reassurance

    Find out about what actions we have taken in response to Coronavirus including the £16m additional funding we are making available this year.

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    Arts & Culture Impact Fund

    Building on the success of the Arts Impact Fund, this new fund is the most ambitious of its kind globally, with an investment pool of £20 million.

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  • Emerging funding opportunities for the natural environment

    Emerging funding opportunities for the natural environment

    We are pleased to share a new report: Emerging funding opportunities for the natural environment, which we commissioned to review the current landscape for innovative funding of environmental enhancement across the UK.

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  • John Sydney Fairbairn

    John Sydney Fairbairn 1934 - 2020

    On behalf of everyone at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation it is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of John Sydney Fairbairn on 12 January 2020.

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    Launch of the Climate Assembly UK

    We are delighted to see the launch of Climate Assembly UK, which will be facilitated by Involve, who are funded by the House of Commons with additional funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the European Climate Foundation.

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  • James Hughes Hallett

    James Hughes-Hallett CMG 1949 - 2019

    On behalf of everyone at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation it is with very great sadness that we have to announce the death of James Hughes-Hallett who had been our Chair since 2013 and a Trustee for fourteen years.

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    Grant Plus Survey 2018

    A summary of responses from a survey of our grant and social investment holders (all approved decisions made from January 2017 to December 2018) about what they want from 'Grants Plus' support.

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