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We are an independent foundation which protects and advances human rights and promotes inclusion. We believe in the role of a strong, independent civil society nationally and internationally. We use our resources to enable civil society to work with people experiencing discrimination and disadvantage and to act strategically to tackle the root causes of injustice and inequality.


Collaboration: we seek to build positive, purposeful partnerships with grant recipients, grantmakers and others in order to work together for socially just change.

Creativity and flexibility: we use our funds to strengthen civil society, responding creatively, flexibly and pragmatically.

Learning: we add value to our work by encouraging the development and communication of knowledge and evidence.

Openness and respect: we aim to be as accessible as possible within clear programme guidelines, treating grant-seekers and grant recipients with courtesy and respect.

Sustainability: we help to create enduring change both in the lives of those served by the work we are funding and by building the capacity of organisations to become more sustainable and resilient. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for our work.

Voice: we believe in the importance of ‘speaking truth to power’ and use the independence and influence we have to amplify the views of civil society and the people it serves.