Based in north London, Hampstead Theatre has as its mission the creation of original theatre without creative restriction. The Foundation has been an important partner over several years, including in the creation of ‘The Next Decade’ initiative – the commissioning of new plays from leading playwrights – for which the Foundation matched the funding raised by Hampstead Theatre.
The Foundation agreed a new grant in 2019, again on a match-funding basis, to support the Theatre’s objective of strengthening its financial reserves. This proved helpful in helping the Theatre to navigate through the very difficult conditions of 2020.
Maytree supports people facing a suicidal crisis, in a non-medical setting. The Maytree Suicide Respite Centre, located in north London, is the only place of its kind in the UK and fills a gap in services between the medical support of the National Health Service and the helplines and drop-in centres of the voluntary sector. Specifically, it provides such individuals with a free five-day stay and the opportunity to be befriended and to speak in complete confidence. The Foundation has contributed to Maytree’s core costs over several years.
Doorstep Homeless Families Project
The Foundation has made two grants to support Doorstep in its mission to provide homeless families living in temporary accommodation in north London with access to services, so that they can enjoy a better quality of life.
The first ever grant made by the Foundation was in 2013 to this north London museum, situated in what was formerly Sigmund Freud’s family home during his exile in London, towards the conservation of the couch used during his psychoanalysis sessions with his patients.
Den Norske Turistforening
Den Norske Turistforening is Norway’s largest outdoor life organisation with more than 310,000 members. DNT aims to promote active and environmentally friendly outdoor activities, such as trekking and ski trekking, and to preserve the natural and cultural landscape. In particular, DNT’s local associations maintain walking routes and ski tracks, and operate 550 refuge cabins across Norway. The Foundation proposes to make a grant to allow DNT to build a new cabin in the Setesdal Vesthei mountain area in Norway, which will serve as a starting point for treks and will also provide information about the natural and cultural heritage of Setesdal Vesthei including the area’s herds of wild reindeer.
Business for Peace Foundation
The Business for Peace Foundation, a Norwegian foundation, believes that business can create positive change in society by acting ethically and responsibly and with the objective of creating value for society as well as economic value. In support of this, the Business for Peace Foundation names Honourees who have demonstrated that it is possible to combine solid business performance with these higher purposes. The Foundation has supported the Business for Peace annual summits since 2016.
In addition, in 2020 the Foundation agreed a one-off grant towards the launch of a new initiative ‘Future of Business’, which seeks to encourage investors and business leaders in selected countries in Africa to conform to the SDG goals.