What we do

The work of the Rothschild Foundation falls within four main areas: caring for and promoting an outstanding collection of art and buildings, in particular Waddesdon Manor; convening discussion and debate; awarding grants to charities working in the fields of art and heritage, education, the environment and social welfare; and initiating or collaborating on major projects within our areas of interest. Each area of work is elaborated on in the sections below, and our recent achievements in each area may be read about in our Annual Review.

The Rothschild Foundation works within four main areas

Waddesdon & Collections

At the heart of the Foundation is Waddesdon Manor, built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885.

In addition, the Foundation owns or manages a range of outstanding buildings and landscapes, art collections and archives.

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Thought leadership & convening

The Foundation seeks to create a platform at Waddesdon for discussion that is beneficial both to the work of the Foundation and our areas of interest.

Our Waddesdon Dialogues programme brings leading organisations working in our areas of interest to our beautiful Windmill Hill building to deliver conferences, seminars and roundtable debates on the pressing and urgent issues of the day.

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Providing grant funding is one of the ways in which the Foundation supports work within our areas of interest.

Much of this is proactive, with the Foundation identifying and working with charities doing exciting work in the areas we wish to support. We are interested in using the freedom that comes with being an independent funder to back new and innovative ideas that address challenges in the fields of arts, education and the environment.

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Major initiatives

The Waddesdon Bequest Gallery at the British Museum - Glass cases holding Renaissance treasures in the Waddesdon Bequest room at the British Museum

Alongside our grant-making and thought leadership work, the Foundation sometimes undertakes major initiatives, either independently or in partnership with other organisations.

These often involve a significant investment by the Foundation of both funds and resources.

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