Grant maker

David & Elaine Potter Foundation

http://www.potterfoundation.com

(Registered Charity No: 1078217)
Charity Commission for England and Wales
Who they support

Charities involved with Education or Civil Society

Average size: £8,459,937
Average age: 23 years, Typical range: 5-41
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

Grants made
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Over the last five years they've made 53 significant donations to registered charities totalling £2,656,842

When Amount Grantee Donors To be used for
31/10/2018 £10,000 City of Westminster Charitable Trust, The 1 General donation
30/09/2018 £31,000 St Mark's Hospital Foundation 1 To support the employment of a database administrator, who will ensure that the Hospital Foundation's dataset is complete as, an additional 20,000 patient years of follow up data need adding
30/06/2018 £30,000 CARA (Council for At-Risk Academics) 2 Support for Turkish scholar Murat Belge’s residence at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
30/06/2018 £40,500 Philharmonia Orchestra Trust Limited 1 General donation to support the Philharmonia Orchestra's 75th Anniversary Campaign
30/06/2018 £70,000 Forensic Architecture Core funding
30/06/2018 £40,000 Reprieve 2 Core funding
30/06/2018 £100,000 IntoUniversity 8 Core funding
30/06/2018 £35,000 Africa's Voices Foundation 1 Core funding
30/06/2018 £50,000 Open Trust 2 Core support of Open Democracy
30/06/2018 £20,000 Centre for Investigative Journalism 3 Core funding
30/06/2018 £10,000 Listening Place, The 5 Core funding
31/01/2018 £10,000 Women's Education Partnership 1 To support three new university scholarships for women from the marginalised areas of Sudan and South Sudan in Khartoum
30/09/2017 £40,000 Index on Censorship (Writers and Scholars Educational Trust) 2 Core funding
30/09/2017 £30,000 Transparency International UK 4 Core funding
30/09/2017 £20,000 Howard League for Penal Reform 5 Core funding
30/09/2017 £35,000 Liberty (Civil Liberties Trust) 5 Core funding
31/05/2017 £50,000 Open Trust 2 Core support of Open Democracy
31/05/2017 £39,442 Open University To support the development of a new Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) Badged Open Course (BOC) to support the teaching of Early Reading in southern Africa, in partnership with the South African Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE), and their African Storybook project, providing high quality professional development for educators in Africa (which will be freely available online)
31/05/2017 £50,000 Philharmonia Orchestra Trust Ltd 1 To support the Philharmonia’s new Digital Innovation and Partnerships programme which will develop new digital products and experiences, look to commercialise existing digital products, and develop their relationships with technology companies. It will also support the Philharmonia’s ongoing in-house Digital team to deliver core work in web, video and touring installations.
31/05/2017 £40,000 Reprieve 2 Core funding
31/05/2017 £100,000 IntoUniversity 8 Core funding
31/05/2017 £10,000 Royal Opera House 3 To support the costs of the Create and Sing Carmen project, which aims to help engage teachers and pupils in structured creative singing, teacher training workshops and an external project evaluation ahead of a wider national rollout in 2018/19
31/05/2017 £25,000 CHIVA Africa 1 Core funding
31/05/2017 £30,000 Global Leadership Foundation 2 Core funding
28/02/2017 £50,000 Africa's Voices Foundation 1 Core funding
28/02/2017 £35,000 Centre for Investigative Journalism 3 Core funding
28/02/2017 £10,000 Yachad 1 To support the UK based education programme of Yachad that looks to build a British Diaspora Jewish voice that can leverage its influence on decision makers both in the UK and in Israel, to resolve the conflict with the Palestinian people
28/02/2017 £50,000 Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths Core funding
30/09/2016 £40,000 Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, University of Durham The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University developed the International Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (iPIPS) project, which aims to improve primary education provision across the world. iPIPS allows teachers to understand a baseline of knowledge in the first year of primary school against which teachers can then plan and implement tailored learning strategies. The CEM team will pilot the iPIPS methodology in Lesotho, in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
30/09/2016 £43,257 Kingston University Kingston will run an extended scoping project to develop a fully accessible, curated and fully searchable online archive of the Leveson Inquiry.
30/09/2016 £60,000 Philharmonia Orchestra 4 Core funding of the Orchestra
30/09/2016 £19,588 Promoting Equality in African Schools 2 PEAS will pilot a new teacher training programme in Zambia (based on learning from an equivalent project in Uganda), to use learning to roll out a new teacher training programme across all their schools in Zambia.
30/04/2016 £15,000 Involve 5 The Open Government Partnership is a global effort to make governments better by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. The grant will support the Open Government Audit, which aims to engage civil society in auditing the openness of UK government and agreeing the advocacy priorities of the next cycle of the Open Government Network.
30/04/2016 £45,000 Transparency International UK 4 Core funding
30/04/2016 £40,000 Index on Censorship (Writers and Scholars Educational Trust) 2 Core funding
30/04/2016 £15,000 Mike Campbell Foundation 1 To support the Farmers Speak project
30/04/2016 £25,000 CHIVA Africa 1 Core funding
29/02/2016 £30,000 Global Leadership Foundation 2 Core funding
29/02/2016 £30,000 Reprieve 2 Core funding
29/02/2016 £30,000 mySociety (UK Citizens Online Democracy) 4 Core funding
29/02/2016 £60,000 Open Trust 2 Core support of Open Democracy
30/09/2015 £45,000 Africa's Voices Foundation 1 Core funding
30/06/2015 £50,000 Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths Core funding
30/06/2015 £20,000 LIFEbeat 3 To support the development of LIFEbeat’s Youth Council and Peer Mentoring programmes
30/06/2015 £40,000 Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, King's College London Core funding
31/03/2015 £40,000 Philharmonia Orchestra Trust Ltd 1 To support the delivery of the MusicLab and other digital programmes of the Philharmonia Orchestra
31/03/2015 £40,000 Centre for Investigative Journalism 3 Core funding
31/03/2015 £30,000 Open Trust 2 Core support of Open Democracy
31/01/2015 £40,000 Index on Censorship (Writers and Scholars Educational Trust) 2 Core funding
31/01/2015 £50,000 Amnesty International UK 2 Core funding
31/01/2015 £50,000 Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law 3 Core funding
31/01/2015 £30,000 Transparency International UK 4 Core funding
31/01/2015 £200,000 Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford To provide initial support for the post of inaugural director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford
Main office

5 Welbeck Street LONDON W1G 9YQ

Objectives

THE TRUSTEES SHALL HOLD THE TRUST FUND AND ITS INCOME UPON TRUST TO APPLY THEM FOR:- (1) THE ADVANCEMENT OF EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC IN PARTICULAR, BUT WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC THROUGH SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND THE DISSEMINATION TO THE PUBLIC OF THE USEFUL RESULTS OF SUCH RESEARCH; AND (2) SUCH OTHER CHARITABLE PURPOSES AS THE TRUSTEES IN THEIR ABSOLUTE DISCRETION FROM TIME TO TIME THINK FIT. PROVIDED THAT THE TRUSTEES MAY AT THEIR ABSOLUTE DISCRETION FOR THE PERIOD OF TWENTY ONE YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THIS DEED INSTEAD OF APPLYING THE INCOME OF THE CHARITY IN ANY YEAR ACCUMULATE ALL OR ANY PART OF SUCH INCOME AT COMPOUND INTEREST BY INVESTING THE SAME AND THE RESULTING INCOME IN ANY OF THE AUTHORISED INVESTMENTS AND HOLD THE SAME AS AN ACCRETION TO AND AS PART OF THE CAPITAL OF THE CHARITY WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE THEIR RIGHT TO APPLY THE WHOLE OR ANY PART OF SUCH ACCUMULATED INCOME IN ANY SUBSEQUENT YEAR AS IF THE SAME WERE INCOME OF THE CHARITY ARISING IN THE THEN CURRENT YEAR.