The Rothschild Foundation is a charity supporting arts and heritage, the environment, education and social welfare by awarding grants, fostering dialogue and debate, and through our support of Waddesdon Manor.
The Rothschild Foundation continues the philanthropic tradition of the Rothschild family and their longstanding support of arts and heritage. Central to the Foundation’s vision is an ongoing commitment to Waddesdon Manor, one of the last remaining 19th century Rothschild houses.
Waddesdon and its unique setting inspires our areas of interest which we explore and develop through grant-making, major initiatives and the promotion of thought leadership and convening. Collaboration and partnerships are an important element of our work, and we engage with a wide variety of academic, cultural, environmental, social and educational institutions, as well as other philanthropic foundations and charities.
The Rothschild Foundation has a number of main policy areas within which we work: arts and heritage, the environment, education and social welfare. These themes connect our broader work back to Waddesdon Manor, which remains at the heart of our identity and purpose, and to the Rothschild family tradition of philanthropy and support for the local community.
The Rothschild Foundation was established in 2010 and represents the consolidation of three previous Rothschild charitable trusts. One of these, The Alice Trust, had as its mission the preservation, protection and improvement of Waddesdon Manor in the Vale of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire for the benefit of the public.
The Foundation is run by a board of Trustees and a small professional staff team, supported by a wider network of affiliated organisations and independent advisors.