Our Supporters Include

Investing for Positive Change

With increasing inequality, the social mobility challenge is getting tougher each year in the UK. In order to address this, the Sutton Trust is intensifying its work to combat low social mobility. We are expanding the life-changing education programmes we run for talented young people from low/middle income homes, publishing more agenda-setting research and strengthening our work with policy-makers to affect change in education. We are seeking donors and partners to help us meet these ambitious goals. Together we can transform many lives.

The Sutton Trust is moving away from a time when it was funded almost solely by its founder and is now diversifying its income in order to establish a secure business model for its future sustainability.  We are looking to forge long-term strategic relationships with corporate supporters, trusts and foundations and individuals, in order to secure the future of our programmes and to continue to shape education policy in the UK.

With Thanks to

The Sutton Trust is incredibly grateful for the generous support of a range of grant making trusts, companies and individuals who play an essential role in our efforts to improve social mobility through education.

We are grateful for the support of our Board and Fellows who have as individuals made significant financial contributions to the Trust. You can read more about our Board and Fellows here.

We are greatful to the Programme Sponsors for Sponsoring the Trust’s flagship programmes:

29th May 1961 Charitable Trust

Allen and Overy


Approachable Accountants

Bank of America Merrill Lynch



Big Change Charitable Trust

Blick Rothenburg



Clifford Chance


Cyril Taylor Trust Fund


DLA Piper

Dulverton Trust

Duncan & Toplis


Ernst and Young


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Garfield Weston Foundation

Grant Thornton

Hans Macintyre

Health Education England

Kingston Smith

Hogan Lovells LLP

Jerry del Missier


Kreston Reeves

Kusuma Trust


Legal Social Mobility Partnership



Macintyre Hudson


Martin Sullivan

Mayer Brown

Moore Stephens

National Audit Office

Neuberger Berman Foundation

Oak Foundation

Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing

Price Bailey


Robertson Foundation

Rothschild & Co


Sofronie Foundation

The Law Society

The Legal Education Foundation

The London Stock Exchange Group Foundation

Tim Bunting

Wilkins Kennedy

Wolfson Foundation

For supporting  the Trust’s research, policy, advocacy and communications work:

Carnegie Corporation of New York
Mike Carpenter
Mark Crosbie
EQ Foundation
Marc Gabelli
Joe McDevitt
Porticus Foundation
Anthony Preston
Spiers Family Foundation
Martin Sullivan
Alex Wilmot-Sitwell
Christopher Wright

For contributing to the Trust’s core costs:

Antin Infrastructure Partners
Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust
The Monday Trust

For providing pro bono support to the Trust:

Bain & Co
Boston Consulting Group
Oliver Wyman

For Delivering Sutton Trust programmes:

Imperial College London
King’s College London
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nottingham Trent University
Queen Mary University
Royal Veterinary College
The London School of Economics and Political Science
University College London
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Durham
University of Edinburgh
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University of Reading
University of Roehampton
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
University of Warwick
Yale University

We would also like to thank donors who have supported us anonymously.

Ways to Support Us

There are several ways to support the Trust.  Individual donors can engage with the Trust by joining our Board or Fellowship, or by giving to specific programmes of work.  We also welcome support from organisations including corporates, trusts and foundations.

We have established a Sutton Trust Strategic Advisory and Development Board to enable individuals to join us in improving social mobility through education. Each Board member plays a crucial role in advising us on the priorities of our work, our future funding, and development. Individual members of the Board make an annual investment to the Trust.  Click here to view our list of Board members.

If you would like to join our Board, please contact us.

We launched the Sutton Trust Fellowship in 2014 for individuals from a range of sectors who wish to have a direct impact on low social mobility and educational inequality in Britain.  Individuals are welcomed to the Sutton Trust Fellowship for a minimum of two years for an annual five figure contribution to the Trust. Membership is flexible, with some Fellows taking an active role in supporting fundraising and strategic projects.

If you would like to join the Fellowship, please contact us.

The Sutton Trust is one of the biggest university outreach programme providers in the UK.  Since 1997 the Trust has funded a wide range of practical programmes to support young people in early years, primary and secondary school, and in accessing higher education and the professions.  The Trust identifies and pilots, undertakes independent and robust evaluations, and scales up successful programmes, often on a national scale supporting tens of thousands of young people.  If you would like to know more about supporting the Trust’s programmes, please contact us.

In supporting our research, policy, advocacy and communications work, you will help us to expose the reality of low social mobility and effect change on a national scale.  With your help we will publish over 15 pieces of high-quality independent research per year, organise major international summits and drive key policy reforms.  Donations to this programme of work are usually in the region of five figures. If you would like to know more about becoming a Research and Policy Supporter, please contact us.

We are seeking to bring together a group of corporates, trusts and foundations who want to help support the core costs and overall mission of the Trust.  Funding for our core costs enables us to develop and pilot new programmes, refine our targeting and evaluation, and leverage further investment.  If your organisation would like to know more about becoming a Core Supporter, please contact us.

Charitable legacies are a tax efficient way of giving and we would be pleased to discuss your options in leaving a legacy to the Sutton Trust. If you intend to make – or have already made – a pledge to the Trust in your will, we would be grateful if you could download, complete and return the Sutton Trust Gift Form.

The Sutton Trust is seeking the pro bono support of organisations and individual consultants who could lend their expertise to our financial planning, future strategy, and research programme on an ad hoc basis.

Our Commitment

Every contribution received by the Trust effects lasting change in the lives of the students we support. The Trust offers flexibility and varied levels of involvement to its investors, aiming to build deep relationships with individuals, corporations, and trusts and foundations who wish to support us through significant investment.

The Trust is experienced in working with donors; managing and reporting on investments; working effectively on programmes with its partners; efficiently administering gifts to Sutton Trust programmes and research; and maintaining good contact with all its stakeholders.

Becoming a significant investor to the Sutton Trust is very flexible and our donors engage in our work as much or as little as they like. There are many different opportunities for our donors to become involved with the Trust throughout the year according to their interests and preferences.

Our donors receive advance copies of Sutton Trust research reports and press releases, as well as detailed reporting on the impact of their gift. Each year, we host a variety of events, including an international summit and regular policy events, which attract senior political leaders and education experts from around the world. Our donors are also able to interact with our outstanding beneficiaries at summer school dinners and programme specific events. Where appropriate, we are happy to arrange for donors to visit projects they have supported so they can see first-hand the difference their generous contributions have made.

Our Board members, Fellows, and supporters engage with our Executive Chairman, Sir Peter Lampl, our Chief Executive, James Turner, and the rest of the Trust’s executive team at events, one-to-one meetings, and on specific programmes of work.

We like to publicly thank our main supporters and are happy to discuss ways of recognising new gifts.

Meet Some of Our Supporters

Dan Riggs
Dan RiggsDonor
Dan Riggs was a participant on the Sutton Trust UK summer school programme in 2001. Dan grew up in a low-income family and was the first person in his family to continue in education beyond the age of 16. Dan went on to study at the London School of Economics and is now enjoying a successful career in the investment management industry. Dan has now become a donor to the Trust and engages closely with us as we expand our work. “My summer school experience was life-changing and I’m delighted to now be supporting young people on Sutton Trust programmes. I love what the Trust is all about.”
Lindsey Naylor
Lindsey NaylorDonor
Lindsey Naylor was a participant on the summer school programme in 2001 and went on to study at Cambridge University. After graduating with an Economics degree, she joined the Management Consulting firm Oliver Wyman in 2005, and became a partner at the firm at the end of 2013. Lindsey has now become a donor to the Trust and is also helping to establish an Alumni network to support Sutton Trust beneficiaries throughout their careers. “Attending the Sutton Trust’s summer school in 2001 was a transformative experience for me. I’m thrilled to be able to support their work as a Fellow and I am especially looking forward to helping grow their Alumni Network.”

Contact Us

Please get in touch with us if you would like to know more.

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If you’d like to speak to a specific member of the Development team, please clearly mark your email FAO:

Doug Thomson – Director of Development

Laura Solomons – Head of Donor Relations

Ben Roberts – Senior Development Officer

Rachel Wornell – Development Officer

Mariyum Mahmood – Development Intern

Economic Returns

Investing in the Trust generates highly impressive quantified economic returns:

  • Our cost-effective work has boosted the life-chances of tens of thousands of young people.

  • Our influential research sets the agenda for public debate, attracting national media attention and impacting on government policy.

  • The Trust is privately funded and is therefore independent of government.

  • An independent study by the Boston Consulting Group found that on average the Trust’s programmes generate a return of £11 for every £1 invested.

  • We scale up successful programmes to a national level, often attracting public funding.