Foundation Partnerships

Our team works to develop and steward mutually-beneficial relationships with philanthropic trusts and foundations globally.  Working with academics and professional services staff, we connect LSE's expertise and strategic priorities in research, student support and public engagement with these philanthropic partners, in line with LSE 2030 and PAGE’s aligned divisional strategy. 

We have specialist knowledge of philanthropic trusts and foundations, and of sector trends and developments. We research the institutional philanthropic sector globally, monitoring the foundations whose interests align with LSE’s strategic priorities and activity – from this, we are able to advise and contribute to the School strategy for these said prospects.

How we can help you

We work closely with academics and professional services staff to explore funding priorities in order to identify and engage with institutional philanthropic partners for investment, focused on potential synergies for successful partnership and transformative funding. With relationship management oversight of all philanthropic foundations on behalf of the School, we can provide advice on LSE’s historic and current relationship with foundations, and provide support specifically on: 

  • initial approach, cultivation, and successful solicitation;
  • proposal development (including budgets);
  • navigation of the School’s grants and donations acceptance policy and procedures
  • reporting / stewardship / relationship management. 

There is a designated contact within the Foundation Partnerships team for academic departments, research centres, and other institutional initiatives. If you would like to discuss your existing or potential links with foundation partners, please get in touch with our Foundation Partnerships Assistant, Linda Earl, at

Examples of who we work with 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports the International Growth Centre  (IGC) to help researchers, practitioners and policymakers seeking sustainable poverty alleviation in India.

The Atlantic Philanthropies

Atlantic Philanthropies supports the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme at the International Inequalities Institute (III) designed to build a global community of leaders dedicated to changing policy, practice, and public dialogue around inequalities.

Pears Foundation

Pears Foundation supports the LSE Faith Centre in co-funding their Interfaith Encounter.

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation supports the International Growth Centre in collaboration with the government of Sierra Leone in revising their national strategic plan for a community health workforce.


Julias Baer Foundation

The Julius Baer Foundation supports the International Inequalities Institute (III) to conduct research on wealth inequality reviewing the ‘production’ and ‘consumption’ strategies to challenge the rise of inequality.



Stiftung Mercator

Stiftung Mercator supported the 2016 and 2017 Dahrendorf Symposia, and Post-Doctoral Fellows and research on climate change. 

Henry Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation supports a project led by Professor Toby Dodge, studying the underlying dynamics that drive ethnic and religious-based mobilisation across the Middle East.

AXA Research Fund

The AXA Research Fund supports the 18-month fellowship of Dr Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas in LSE Health to develop his research programme, which provides critical evidence to support strategic policy decision-making for improved access to emergency obstetric care (EmOC) for pregnant women in Lagos State, Nigeria.