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.

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. The reflective seminars we offer include Polarity Management: Managing unsolvable problems; Building effective teams using Belbin and Building stronger teams using MBTI. The skills training takes the form of workshops on areas such as finance and HR as well as shorter lunchtime briefings. These are led by expert presenters who have been briefed on the needs to Pears grantees. We also run an annual Action Learning Set for Pears partners.