David & Elaine Potter Foundation

Who they support

Charities involved with Education or Civil Society

  • The average annual spending of grantees has been £8 million
  • The average age of charities supported has been years.

Grant criteria

Education: projects that work on improving policy, improved practices and techniques and sustainability. We favour grants directed at education in support of economic and social well-being in the UK and South Africa only. Civil society: our main areas of interest are in transparency, accountability, anti-corruption and good governance, but we are also interested in, for example, human rights, drones, investigative journalism, the rule of law, democracy, citizenship, equality, and the misuse of natural resources.

Grant details

Typically £50-100,000 for core funding

Application procedure

By invitation only but emails are accepted

www.potterfoundation.com

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Charity registered in England & Wales, No: 1078217
Charity Commission for England and Wales
Analysis of Grants Made
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In this period 92 donations have been made totalling £3,618,746 to 49 organisations

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Growth in Spending
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Main Overlaps with other Grant Makers ?
By ValueBy Number
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust 22% 18%
Garfield Weston Foundation 19% 39%
Joffe Charitable Trust 19% 12%
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 17% 24%
John Ellerman Foundation 15% 4%
LUND TRUST 15% 8%
Sam and Bella Sebba Charitable Foundation 13% 2%
The Dulverton Trust 12% 12%
Friends Provident Foundation 10% 4%
The Clothworkers' Foundation 10% 10%
Sole supporter: 31% by number, 39% by value.
Individual Grants Made
When Amount Annual
Spending
Grantee To be used for
12/12/2023 £10,000 £8,624,711 ALMEIDA THEATRE Core funding
12/12/2023 £30,000 £3,271,847 ACCESS PROJECT, THE Core funding
12/12/2023 £20,000 £27,724,000 MS SOCIETY The Stop MS Appeal aims to raise £100 million by the end of 2025 to invest in finding treatments to slow or stop MS progression.
12/12/2023 £15,000 £5,402,468 HAMPSTEAD THEATRE Core funding
12/12/2023 £10,000 £8,304,064 DONMAR WAREHOUSE Core funding
12/12/2023 £30,000 £6,650,128 BRILLIANT CLUB, THE Core funding
12/12/2023 £25,000 £169,057 MYBIGCAREER Core funding
12/12/2023 £30,000 £49,626 PHILHARMONIA TRUST LIMITED To support the development of an ambitious new programme, Philharmonia Futures, that will test how the Orchestra can use XR technology to enhance the concert hall experience, and a production house business model to develop a large-scale immersive audience experience to open in 2026/27. The programme will include the design and development of Virtual Reality experiences, a ground-breaking Augmented Reality offer and a large-scale immersive experience.
09/05/2023 £40,000 £1,534,828 FUTURE FRONTIERS Core funding
09/05/2023 £67,909 UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN To support the costs of the 2023 postgraduate fellowships at the University of Cape Town
09/05/2023 £40,000 £381,382 SPOTLIGHT ON CORRUPTION Core funding
09/05/2023 £50,000 £4,047,000 TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL UK Core funding
09/05/2023 £49,732 BORDER FORENSICS Core funding
09/05/2023 £20,000 £1,267,088 INDEX ON CENSORSHIP (WRITERS AND SCHOLARS EDUCATIONAL TRUST) Core funding
09/05/2023 £30,000 £3,720,994 REPRIEVE Core funding
09/05/2023 £50,000 £804,182 OPEN TRUST Core support of the charitable aspects of openDemocracy
09/05/2023 £110,000 £164,120 TRUST FOR THE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, THE Core funding
09/05/2023 £37,130 LUMIERE CRECHE & DAY CARE CENTRE Core funding
29/11/2022 £35,000 £1,716,470 PRISONERS ABROAD Core funding
31/08/2022 £45,562 CORRUPTION WATCH SOUTH AFRICA Core funding
31/08/2022 £35,438 IKAMVAYOUTH Core funding
31/08/2022 £10,000 £4,260,768 HAMPSTEAD THEATRE Core funding
31/08/2022 £45,000 £182,247 DEATH PENALTY PROJECT Core funding
31/08/2022 £65,812 INKULULEKO SOUTH AFRICA MEDIA Core funding
31/08/2022 £10,000 £829,304 NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA Core funding
31/08/2022 £40,000 £1,051,751 GLOBAL LEGAL ACTION NETWORK Core funding
31/08/2022 £30,007 PERFORMA Core funding
28/04/2022 £35,000 £6,443,738 BRILLIANT CLUB, THE Core funding
28/04/2022 £25,000 £126,263 MYBIGCAREER Core funding
28/04/2022 £20,000 £2,750,751 ACCESS PROJECT, THE Core funding
28/04/2022 £10,000 £1,140,110 LISTENING PLACE, THE Core funding
28/04/2022 £10,000 £5,784,307 DONMAR WAREHOUSE Core funding
28/04/2022 £100,000 £169,032 TRUST FOR THE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, THE Core funding
28/04/2022 £36,658 £2,163,602 CHALLENGE PARTNERS To develop a proof of concept§ of a new digital tool where schools can liaise, share resources, use webinars and find expertise, fostering national and local connections. The digital platform will create a knowledge exchange hub, which means practitioner-led expertise can be captured and disseminated, providing open access learning for a network of schools to trial, create, connect and share.
28/04/2022 £111,846 UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN To support the costs of the 2022 postgraduate fellowships at the University of Cape Town
28/04/2022 £35,800 £1,842,100 ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT TRUST To pilot a multi-programme approach for the Industrial Cadets programme with a number of partner schools in Manchester. The normal programme allows young people to gain accredited experiences, insights and exposure to STE(A)M careers and workplaces, helping to open their eyes to future opportunities and provides them with tools to succeed in the workplace. The young people involved are often only exposed to one activity or intervention through the programme. This pilot will test and evaluate whether a multi-programme approach significantly improves outcomes for the young people involved.
28/04/2022 £10,000 £234,700,000 BRITISH RED CROSS A donation in memoriam of the late Bruce Page
28/04/2022 £40,000 £180,420,000 DISASTERS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE A general donation to the DEC Ukraine appeal
28/04/2022 £30,000 £49,626 PHILHARMONIA TRUST LIMITED Core funding
23/11/2021 £40,000 £743,709 OPEN TRUST Core support of the charitable aspects of openDemocracy
23/11/2021 £100,000 £7,196,130 INTOUNIVERSITY Core funding
23/11/2021 £10,000 £6,404,230 ALMEIDA THEATRE Core funding
23/11/2021 £50,000 £3,310,914 REPRIEVE Core funding
23/11/2021 £41,953 BORDER FORENSICS Core funding
04/08/2021 £50,000 £413,286 PHILHARMONIA TRUST LIMITED Core funding
04/08/2021 £35,000 £125,592 SPOTLIGHT ON CORRUPTION Core funding
04/08/2021 £5,026 UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN A contribution towards the UCT fire appeal to help rebuild the Jagger Library
04/08/2021 £50,000 £4,015,000 TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL UK Core funding
04/08/2021 £40,000 £664,568 INDEX ON CENSORSHIP (WRITERS AND SCHOLARS EDUCATIONAL TRUST) Core funding
04/08/2021 £50,000 £12,155,000 NUFFIELD COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD A contribution towards the creation of the Oxford-Nuffield Sir David Butler Graduate Scholarship in Politics
04/08/2021 £30,000 PERFORMA Core funding
23/03/2021 £35,000 £144,599 DEATH PENALTY PROJECT Core funding
23/03/2021 £35,000 £454,493 FUTURE FRONTIERS Core funding
23/03/2021 £24,434 IKAMVAYOUTH Core funding
23/03/2021 £92,718 UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN To support the costs of the 2021 postgraduate fellowships at the University of Cape Town
23/03/2021 £100,000 £180,650 TRUST FOR THE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, THE Core support of the charitable aspects of the work of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
23/03/2021 £10,000 £440,491 UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN TRUST A donation to the Stuart & Anita Saunders Bursary Fund in memory of the late Dr Stuart Saunders
16/12/2020 £44,951 CORRUPTION WATCH SOUTH AFRICA Core funding
16/12/2020 £35,000 £1,187,863 UBUNTU PATHWAYS To support Ubuntu Pathways emergency COVID-19 response work, to extend life-saving food security, medical, and wraparound services to their community’s most vulnerable people in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
16/12/2020 £25,000 £1,948,569 MYBNK Core funding
16/12/2020 £31,000 UKWANDA PROJECTS Core funding
02/09/2020 £50,000 £413,286 PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA TRUST LTD Core funding
02/09/2020 £10,000 £490,415 LISTENING PLACE, THE Core funding
02/09/2020 £10,000 £6,404,230 ALMEIDA THEATRE Core funding
02/09/2020 £50,000 £3,310,914 REPRIEVE Core funding
02/09/2020 £100,000 £7,196,130 INTOUNIVERSITY Core funding
02/09/2020 £10,000 £6,602,683 DONMAR WAREHOUSE Core funding
02/09/2020 £60,000 £520,319 OPEN TRUST Core support of the charitable aspects of openDemocracy
25/03/2020 £10,000 £683,875 NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA Core funding
25/03/2020 £5,000 £10,731,000 BLOOD CANCER UK Support to re-develop an existing e-learning platform providing haemotology nurses with COVID-19 specific training and support.
25/03/2020 £10,000 £138,863,000 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE Support of the Royal Opera House’s Create and Sing programme, which blends live and digital learning to engage primary school children in dramatic singing. Through the project children develop a range of skills from literacy and discipline to empathy and critical thought.
25/03/2020 £45,000 £5,547,000 TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL UK Core funding
25/03/2020 £40,000 £2,825,046 BINGHAM CENTRE FOR THE RULE OF LAW Support to establish The Rule of Law Monitoring Project to provide independent, expert Rule of Law monitoring in the new Parliament. The project will systematically monitor the compatibility of the new Government’s legislation with the internationally agreed Rule of Law standards in the Venice Commission’s Rule of Law Checklist, producing independent, expert reports to ensure that any Rule of Law issues are identified early and subjected to rigorous scrutiny and debate in Parliament.
25/03/2020 £150,000 £180,650 TRUST FOR THE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, THE Support for the charitable aspects of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Bureau Local project. Bureau Local is an innovative journalism and technology project working with local reporters to dig into datasets and tell the stories that matter to communities across the UK. It was launched in March 2017 with lead funding from Google’s Digital News Initiative and is having a significant impact with its collaborative investigations.
25/03/2020 £20,000 £125,592 SPOTLIGHT ON CORRUPTION Core funding
25/03/2020 £48,462 NUMERIC Core funding
25/03/2020 £106,858 UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN TRUST To support the costs of the 2020 postgraduate fellowships at the University of Cape Town
25/03/2020 £10,000 £277,031 ETHICAL JOURNALISM NETWORK Core funding
25/03/2020 £30,000 PERFORMA Core funding
31/10/2019 £40,000 £886,813 INDEX ON CENSORSHIP (WRITERS AND SCHOLARS EDUCATIONAL TRUST) Core funding
31/10/2019 £15,000 £17,437 DONALD WOODS FOUNDATION Core funding
31/10/2019 £5,000 £7,930,446 ROYAL COURT THEATRE Core funding
31/10/2019 £31,000 £1,811,712 ST MARK'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION Second year of support for the employment of a database administrator, who will ensure that the Hospital Foundation's dataset is complete; ensuring that an additional 20,000 patient years of follow up data is accurately added
31/10/2019 £75,204 INKULULEKO SOUTH AFRICA MEDIA Core funding
03/07/2019 £100,000 £32,147,000 WESTMINSTER SCHOOL (BEN JONSON FOUNDATION) A contribution to Westminster School’s ‘Westminster School Campaign’ which aims to raise £60m for scholarships (£5m per year over 12 years) to provide and support 10% of the school population from underprivileged backgrounds on full bursaries. The new endowment fund is held within a newly established charity called The Ben Jonson Foundation.
03/07/2019 £60,000 £520,319 OPEN TRUST Core funding of openDemocracy
03/07/2019 £6,000 £15,697,008 OLD VIC Core funding
03/07/2019 £20,000 £246,623 STUART HALL FOUNDATION Core funding
03/07/2019 £30,000 PERFORMA Core funding
03/07/2019 £20,179 BLACK SASH Black Sash are a veteran human rights organisation advocating for social justice in South Africa. The grant is to support their education and advocacy work; the advocacy programme works through partnerships with a range of civil society partners, conducting effective advocacy to realise human rights, particularly socio and economic rights and democratic governance and accountability. The education and public outreach work focuses on the Dullah Omar School, which formalises and standardises the paralegal sector at community based advice offices; social security seminars; Know Your Rights leaflets; and public events (Khulumas - conversations) on poverty and inequality.
03/07/2019 £42,040 CORRUPTION WATCH SOUTH AFRICA Core funding
03/07/2019 £28,027 IKAMVAYOUTH Core funding
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Cumulative Grants
Amount Grantee
£460,000 TRUST FOR THE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, THE
£384,357 UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
£210,000 OPEN TRUST
£200,000 INTOUNIVERSITY
£160,000 PHILHARMONIA TRUST LIMITED
£145,000 TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL UK
£141,016 INKULULEKO SOUTH AFRICA MEDIA
£132,553 CORRUPTION WATCH SOUTH AFRICA
£130,000 REPRIEVE
£120,007 PERFORMA
£100,000 WESTMINSTER SCHOOL (BEN JONSON FOUNDATION)
£100,000 INDEX ON CENSORSHIP (WRITERS AND SCHOLARS EDUCATIONAL TRUST)
£95,000 SPOTLIGHT ON CORRUPTION
£91,685 BORDER FORENSICS
£87,899 IKAMVAYOUTH
£80,000 DEATH PENALTY PROJECT
£75,000 FUTURE FRONTIERS
£65,000 BRILLIANT CLUB, THE
£50,000 NUFFIELD COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
£50,000 MYBIGCAREER
£50,000 ACCESS PROJECT, THE
£48,462 NUMERIC
£40,000 GLOBAL LEGAL ACTION NETWORK
£40,000 DISASTERS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE
£40,000 BINGHAM CENTRE FOR THE RULE OF LAW
£37,130 LUMIERE CRECHE & DAY CARE CENTRE
£36,658 CHALLENGE PARTNERS
£35,800 ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT TRUST
£35,000 UBUNTU PATHWAYS
£35,000 PRISONERS ABROAD
£31,000 UKWANDA PROJECTS
£31,000 ST MARK'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
£30,000 DONMAR WAREHOUSE
£30,000 ALMEIDA THEATRE
£25,000 MYBNK
£25,000 HAMPSTEAD THEATRE
£20,179 BLACK SASH
£20,000 STUART HALL FOUNDATION
£20,000 NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA
£20,000 MS SOCIETY
£20,000 LISTENING PLACE, THE
£15,000 DONALD WOODS FOUNDATION
£10,000 UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN TRUST
£10,000 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
£10,000 ETHICAL JOURNALISM NETWORK
£10,000 BRITISH RED CROSS
£6,000 OLD VIC
£5,000 ROYAL COURT THEATRE
£5,000 BLOOD CANCER UK
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