Foundations and Trusts

The Philosophy Foundation has been supported (financially and developmentally) by the following Foundations and Trusts over the years. We thank them all for their generosity and for all the different projects they have supported.

Covid-19 Emergency Support given by The Fore, the Royal Institute of Philosophy and the Accountants Livery enabling us to take our work online and offer free sessions to disadvantaged young people across the UK and create Thought Adventures for children to enter at home!

Garfield Weston: in 2020 Garfield Weston have given us a three-year grant to support our core team. 

The Fore: a grant to support our core team 2019-21

Royal Institute of Philosophy: Philosophy in Prisons 2017 and 2018, Philosophy in Schools 2018-19, 2019-20

Garfield Weston: Core Funding in 2016, 2017 and 2018

Kings College London: Philosophy in Prisons 2017 & research into critical thinking 2017-18 and 2018-19 

Beyond Me: Project Support (2018)

Relx: Young Philosophers' Project (2018)

Big Potential: Breakthrough Grant (2017-18)

Evan Cornish: Philosophy in Prisons 2017

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Transition Project and Core Funding (2012-2017)

Co-operative Local Fund: Young Philosophers' Project (2016-17)

Esmee Fairbairn: IOE Research into the impact of our methodology (2012-13)

The Mercers' Company: Enquiry Project

Drapers' Company: Young Philosophers' Project (2015)

Camden Partnership for Educational Excellence: The If Odyssey Project

Orp Foundation: Core Funding

University College London: part of a project to look at the impact of philosophy on social equality (Jo Woolf research)

NESTA: as part of their i-discover programme in secondary schools

Young Foundation: as part of their Accelerator Programme

Business in the Community: as part of their 'arc: Building Better Business' initiative. 

The Philosophy Foundation Hardship Fund

In 2016, as part of our mission to support underprivileged philosophy students, we were able to offer a Hardship Fund to four London Universities.

Little else has ever given me more pride than voting in favour of introducing this fund.  

Andy Russell Trustee

This new dedicated financial resource – The Philosophy Foundation Hardship Fund
– will disburse money to the Philosophy Departments of University College London
(UCL), King’s College London (KCL), the London School of Economics (LSE) and New
College of the Humanities (NCH).

The decision has been taken in response to these Universities concerns about the rise
in Philosophy BA or combined honours students coming to them reporting severe
personal difficulties caused by financial worries.

These include a 370% rise in Philosophy student numbers seeking help from just
one of the four colleges, King’s, in the five years 2010-2015.

Data from the colleges also suggests very high numbers of those tackling the challenge
of a Philosophy degree are already on means-tested full-fee bursaries, which usually
means they lack any chance of emergency financial help from already stretched family

For more on this read the attached press release below, and Andy Russell's blog.

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