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 generorsity and for all the different projects they have supported.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Transition Project and Core Funding

Esmee Fairbairn: IOE Research into the impact of our methodology

Garfield Weston: Core Funding

The Mercers' Company: Enquiry Project

Drapers' Company: Young Philosophers' Project

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
incomes.

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

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