Our philosophy is...

For us, ‘commitment’ comes first. You’ve got to decide you want to get more involved - that you’re going to make a commitment of time as well as money; a commitment to going on a journey with a project or charity. Once you do that, the learning comes. My learning, and our team’s learning, is refined on a daily and weekly basis in terms of how we operate, who we work with and what we do - it’s a continual, evolving process.
Sir Trevor Pears CMG

We believe that thoughtful and effective philanthropy is about creating spaces

We build close relationships with our partners and provide more than financial support.

Our grant managers work closely with our grantees to understand the contexts in which they work and their needs and challenges. We believe strongly in long-term, core funding which enables us to build relationships that develop over time and respond to changes in circumstances.

We are committed to learning from our individual grants and grant programmes and to supporting our partners to reflect on their work and learn and improve. Therefore in addition to financial support and the grant manager relationship, we offer a full professional development programme for all our Pears partners, working closely with our partners to identify the issues they would like to explore. The programme is a mixture of technical skills training and more reflective workshops focusing on teamwork, leadership and problem-solving.

You can read more about our approach to relationships and learning here.