Esmée Fairbain: Social Enterprise

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation was established in 1961 by Ian Fairbairn as a memorial to his wife Esmée. Today it is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future.We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.

The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. We make grants of £30 - £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. We also operate a £26 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.

Rethinking Crime and Punishment

Rethinking Crime and Punishment was a seven-year, £3.5 million initiative of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation which launched in 2001.

It aimed to raise the level of public debate about the use of prison and alternative forms of punishment in the UK.

Gibran Social Enterprise; initially started without funding to enhance the 2011 Awards for All grant to set up Glad Rags. Since then we have sought funding from a variety of sources to enable to women to start their own businesses by learning a range of new skills.

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