The Foundation's firm belief is that every child and young person has passions and talents. The foundation aims to help them discover their strengths by offering them a wide range of world class educational opportunities. We establish educational initiatives and support organisations to inspire young people to achieve the best that they can and encourage them to embrace new opportunities made available to them.
Our primary interests are in the arts, community, education, music and sport and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society. To date the David Ross Foundation has given approximately £20m to charitable causes.
The David Ross Foundation is the sponsor of the David Ross Education Trust. The David Ross Education Trust is developing a network of unique and diverse schools and academies. There are currently 33 within the Trust group.
Key priorities are to increase the number of students participating in quality sport, to encourage and deliver quality sports competition opportunities and to provide pathways and support for talented individuals to participate and succeed in elite sport.
The David Ross Foundation is a passionate supporter of projects that work towards providing greater access to the arts. The Foundation supports a number of organisations and schemes across a range of artistic fields, from music to theatre and the visual arts and is the major sponsor of Nevill Holt Opera.
Though a national charity, many of the Foundation’s activities are concentrated on the areas that David cares deeply about; areas where he is from and now lives. That is why every decision made and project supported must have a lasting impact and make a real difference to the communities that they serve.
DRF is very proud to launch the new theatre designed by Stirling prize winning architects Witherford Watson Mann.
“The transformation of Nevill Holt Opera in Leicestershire brings a touch of Glyndebourne to the Midlands and is a unique celebration of music, landscape and the English country house”
NPG Director Nicholas Cullinan with newly appointed Chair David Ross DRF is delighted to announce that David Ross has become the new Chair of the Board of Trustees at the National Portrait Gallery. Dr Nicholas Cullinan said : “ David’s passion and commitment to the arts and keen interest in education and inspiring the young will prove invaluable as we embark on our ambitious plans to reach out to new audiences across the UK.” DRF supports a number of organisations and projects across a range of artistic fields and is an ardent supporter of providing greater access to the arts for all.
This Exploited Land of Iron tells the fascinating story of this trailblazing period of industrial growth and exploitation. The project will conserve and protect some of the most iconic structures and landscapes that remain, help nurture the wildlife that has reclaimed these spaces, and ensure this important part of our history is not forgotten.
The David Ross Foundation has sponsored a studio at the LAMDA building in London – a new centre for world-leading drama training. LAMDA deals in excellence, talent , passion and imagination and their schools programme is delighted to be working with The David Ross Education Trust helping students to explore the arts.
Official Opening of the David Ross Sports Village at Nottingham University – this brand new facility offers an inspirational and accessible sports provision for all.
171 miles for The David Ross Foundation.
The David Ross Foundation is delighted to have approved a grant towards the Lincoln Cathedral Connected Project as part of a £16 million investment plan which will see work on the Cathedral’s visitor facilities, public spaces and conservation, to be completed by 2021.
Cure3 is a new art project devised by Artwise in partnership with Bonhams and The David Ross Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the charity, The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. CPT funds research into ways to slow, stop and ultimately reverse Parkinson’s, a degenerative disease which currently affects more than 10 million people worldwide. Watch the full film click here
A collaborative project with The Bryan Adams Foundation, The David Ross Foundation and Foster & Partners saw the redevelopment of the playground at Ashburnham Primary School in Chelsea. This gives a wonderful all weather play surface and fantastic play equipment to this inner city school allowing outdoor adventures and learning all year round.
Continuing his family's long-standing commitment to the wider community, David Ross is a passionate philanthropist, dedicated to developing opportunities for young people.
Joanne manages the day to day operations of the Foundation and the relationships with the Foundation’s partners. She enjoys working with organisations who are committed to making a positive impact to help society and bring about positive and inspiring change.
Nick trained as a Chartered Accountant working with private clients and families with small grant making charities. Since joining the David Ross Foundation as Secretary to the Trustees in 2010, he has managed the administration, compliance, day to day finances and the accounting function for the Foundation.
All applications are considered by The Board of Trustees.
In assessing applications we are looking for:
An outline of your project – it’s purpose and activities
Financials – total budget, fundraising strategy and the level of funding you are seeking from DRF
Who will benefit? - Community support
Sustainability and legacy of your project
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