Our Funding

Our funding

We receive funding from a variety of different sources, but typically, our biggest source of income is from independent trusts and foundations. As an ethical organisation, we only accept grant funding and commissioned work that does not compromise our independence.

Trusts and foundations

Receiving money from trusts and foundations allows us to maintain our independence and is therefore a vital source of funding. We are very grateful to all those trusts and foundations that have supported our work over the years. Our current trust and foundation funders are:

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation – supporting our key programmes.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – supporting our work on Food Citizenship.

Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation – supporting our Food Policy on Trial events.

Sankalpa – providing core funding.

Individual donations

Our work depends on public support. We welcome financial support from major donors who share our passion for a fair food system and our values. Because we guard our independence carefully, we’d ask individuals and organisations wishing to support our work to contact our staff in the first instance by emailing dan@foodethicscouncil.org.

Business Forum membership

Our Business Forum is a safe space for business leaders to come together and explore the big challenges in food and farming. Business Forum members pay a subscription fee to be part of the Business Forum community, including attending dinner events. The fee covers costs of running the programme.

To found out more about our Business Forum, including how to join, please visit our Business Forum page. You can also read through our event reports in our resources.

other income

We sometimes undertake research for, and with, other organisations. This includes for example our ‘Catering for Sustainability’ report, commissioned by WWF UK and Sodexo Ltd, and our work on ‘the Future of Food’, in collaboration with the New Citizenship Project.

How we use our funding

Our funding supports our key programmes – find more information here. To see more detail on our finances, our Annual Accounts report is available here. We operate a streamlined operating model with low overheads. Our expert Council members work in a voluntary capacity and add value by advising and helping staff deliver and disseminate our work through formal and informal working groups, and via their own networks.