Our Annual Report for 2019

We're happy to share our 2019 Annual Report, which gives an overview of Esmee's year - our operations, funding and investments. 

A year of action on climate change

During 2019, the realities of climate change became unavoidable and the foundation sector is now engaging with it in a way it has not done so before. We have been funding work on climate change, sustainable food and farming, and biodiversity for many years and were proud to support the Association of Charitable Foundations in the development of their conference this year which focussed on ‘Funding on a Finite Planet’.

As part of our work in this area, we backed the development of the Funder Commitment on Climate Change and were pleased with the response to the report by the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, which we have funded for the last two years.

Learning and sharing our insights

We also published an Insights report on core funding which was shared by thousands and prompted discussion from as far as Australia

What we funded in 2019

  • 195

    organisations given a grant

  • £35.8m

    total awarded

  • 61%

    was for core or unrestricted costs

  • £646k

    awarded in 'Grants Plus' support