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About Us

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The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts is the operating office of 20 independent grant-making trusts and charitable companies established by members of three generations of the Sainsbury family. It exists to provide economies of scale in the management of the trusts’ activities. It does not make grants; only the individual trusts do so. The trusts’ support for charitable causes over more than 50 years represents one of the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain.

Each trust and charitable company is an independent legal entity with its own separate and autonomous board of trustees, actively led by an individual member of the Sainsbury family. Each trust’s charitable giving follows the family member’s own interests and priorities.

The trusts only fund registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. They do not make grants directly to individuals.

The trustees take an active role in their grant-making, employing specialist staff and advisers to research their areas of interest and bring forward suitable proposals. Many of the trusts work closely with their chosen beneficiaries over a long period to achieve particular objectives.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe that our funding has a role in addressing inequality and supporting a fairer society. We always aim to be responsive and equitable grant-makers. It is important to us that a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion is core to our team of more than 100 employees, and central to our grant making and other philanthropic work.

We have work to do to achieve this goal, and it will take time. We will dedicate the time and resources needed to do so. We will also talk with and listen closely to those we support as we move forward.

About the Trusts and Charitable Companies

The following trusts and charitable companies have their own websites, which give comprehensive information about their activities and, where relevant, their application procedures:

Ashden - Climate Solutions in Action
The Ashden Trust
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation
The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund
The Linbury Trust
The True Colours Trust
The Woodward Charitable Trust
The Indigo Trust

For information about the trusts which do not have their own websites, please follow the links below:

The Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund
The Glass-House Trust
The Headley Trust
The Jerusalem Trust
The JJ Charitable Trust
The Mark Leonard Trust
The Monument Trust
The Staples Trust
The Tedworth Charitable Trust
The Three Guineas Trust
The Woolbeding Charity

A number of the trusts currently publish details of their grants online in accordance with the 360 Degree Giving open data standard for philanthropic giving. To read more about this initiative, please visit the 360 site.