Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts is the operating office of 18 grant-making trusts established by three generations of the Sainsbury family. The trusts’ donations to charitable causes over several decades represent one of the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain.

Each trust works autonomously as an independent legal entity with a separate board of trustees, actively led by an individual member of the family with keenly-followed interests.

The trusts only fund registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes.

The trustees take an active role in their grant-making, employing a range of 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.

The trusts differ in their attitude to unsolicited proposals. As a rule Gatsby, Glass-House, Linbury, Mark Leonard, Staples, Tedworth and True Colours do not consider them, though several trusts have application forms for specific grant programmes in clearly defined areas:

The Alan & Babette, Ashden, Headley, Indigo, Jerusalem, JJ and Three Guineas trusts will consider suitable proposals, so long as they demonstrably and closely fit their specific areas of interest. However, it should be understood that the majority of unsolicited proposals are unsuccessful.

Monument has almost completed its plan to spend the Trust’s endowment, and in its final period of operation the Trustees will only be considering new grants to charities with which they already have a close association.

Several trusts have their own web-sites, which give comprehensive information about their activities:

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 other trusts click 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

Applications will not be considered by more than one trust. Do not worry if you are unsure which trust to apply to as we will direct your application to the most appropriate trust.

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.