Letter from the executive chair
It is difficult to remember a time when there was so much change and uncertainty both in the UK and around the world.
That’s why it is so important for us as a foundation to make sure the work we are doing is really making a positive difference – we don’t want to waste any time, resources or effort on anything that doesn’t deliver and help improve people’s lives.
We have a great team, have built strong relationships and partnerships, and are constantly striving to understand the impact of the investments we make.
We feel we are going in the right direction, but there is always that concern that we could and should be doing more, and that we could and should be doing everything better.
It is good to be self-critical, perhaps it is even a necessary requirement for philanthropy. However, I believe sometimes you simply need to keep faith and continue trying to make that positive difference.
Edmond Burke said that “No one makes a bigger mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do little”.
The Trustees decided that we should respond to the current uncertainty and increased need by doing and giving more.
Last year we followed this through and gave more and we will be doing the same again this year.
I am very grateful to all our partners and friends, but particularly appreciative of our Foundation team who have stayed focussed and kept everything going.
Read the 2011 letter