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.
We are greatful to the Programme Sponsors for Sponsoring the Trust’s flagship programmes:
29th May 1961 Charitable Trust
Allen and Overy
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Big Change Charitable Trust
Cyril Taylor Trust Fund
Duncan & Toplis
Ernst and Young
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
Health Education England
Hogan Lovells LLP
Jerry del Missier
Legal Social Mobility Partnership
National Audit Office
Neuberger Berman Foundation
Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing
The Law Society
The Legal Education Foundation
The London Stock Exchange Group Foundation
For supporting the Trust’s research, policy, advocacy and communications work:
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Spiers Family Foundation
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
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
We would also like to thank donors who have supported us anonymously.
We have established a Sutton Trust Strategic Advisory and Development Board to enable individuals, trusts, foundations and companies 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.
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, Dr Lee Elliot Major, 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.
Please get in touch with us if you would like to know more.
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The Sutton Trust
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Doug Thomson – Director of Development
Michael Hargadon – Development Manager
Ben Roberts – Development Officer
Rachel Wornell – Development Intern
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.