History

The Rothschild Foundation

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 continues this commitment, supporting the devoting a considerable portion of its funding to the restoration, preservation, improvement and development of the Manor, its collection and estate.

Waddesdon today represents a centre for excellence in the fields of arts and heritage, conservation and horticulture with a developing focus on sustainable environmental practice. This informs the wider activity of the Foundation which includes support of the cultural sector and environmental causes locally and across the UK.

The Rothschild family have a long tradition of supporting the community local to Waddesdon. This informs an important part of our work to this day, delivered through our grant funding for the local charity sector.

Underpinning our interest in the arts and humanities, the environment and social welfare is a commitment to increasing access to opportunity and supporting people to realise their potential.

The formation of the Rothschild Foundation formalised the Rothschild family commitment to being a good neighbour