We are a family of five who have lived in both the UK and The Netherlands. We are currently supporting causes in three areas, both nationally and internationally, that we believe will make a difference. We seek to learn from best practice in both countries and elsewhere; our grant giving has a particular focus on the UK at the current time.
The planet, including of course the UK and the Netherlands, is facing its biggest challenges arising from man-induced Climate Change. In recent years, we have worked with charities as diverse as WWF, The Climate Group and The Jane Goodall Institute to address some of these issues, both nationally and internationally
Young people in Britain face a more uncertain, and potentially less rewarding, future than at any time in living memory. We have worked for over 15 years with The Sutton Trust to seek to improve social mobility through the British education system and expect to commit further funds to young people's causes in the years to come
The Brexit vote in the UK has cast a spotlight on the chasm that divides rich and poor in modern day Britain. We have worked on social justice issues ranging from prison reform, substance misuse, child poverty and the role of sport in improving self-esteem. As the UK prepares to leave the EU, we believe that social issues in the UK - particularly relating to young people - will need ever more focus.
We currently support major national and international charities in our three focus areas. As a result, we do not currently support smaller, more local causes. Over time, this may change and we envisage in due course focussing on one area alone to have an even greater impact. In addition, we undertake research on areas of interest to the Foundation. The first two reports - on student wellbeing in the UK, and on physical activity levels in the UK - will be published in August 2019
We seek to make a difference to major, systemic issues. With some forty years of making investments and supporting charities, we believe that the effectiveness of decision making - in both the commercial and not for profit sectors - is enhanced by clear evidence. As a result we give great weight to research - whether undertaken by others, or ourselves.
During 2019, we completed two research reports, The first argues for the adoption of an annual student and teacher wellbeing assessment in every secondary school in Britain. The second makes the overwhelming case for a greater focus on sport and physical activity in Britain. Both make use of international comparisons (notably PISA 2015) and third party research in arriving at these conclusions.
In March 2020, we published an assessment of the implications for the UK of the PISA 2018 reports. Despite considerable improvements in attainment levels, our analysis shows clearly that UK students are the second least satisfied with their lives in the OECD, and the fourth least satisfied of the 79 countries surveyed. The report calls afresh for a national wellbeing assessment programme that can influence policy and improve the lives of the Nation's children.
It is or current intention to work with partners to run a wellbeing assessment pilot in a major city or region in the UK and further updates will be provided in due course on this initiative.
The reports are available for download below.
The Gregson Family Foundation currently has three Trustees:
David Gregson (Chairman)
Thomas Eggar Trust Corporation Ltd (Company Number 02256129) (Secretary)
The Gregson Family Foundation is a registered charity in the UK with the Charities Commission (Charity No 1171351) and in The Netherlands with ANBI (RSIN indicatienummer 825376464)
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We are supporting a number of national and international charities in our three interest areas of the environment, young people in Britain and social justice. As a result we are not currently taking applications for smaller, more local causes. If you have read the information contained on the site and within our policy document and your request is within the three areas of current interest and would like to know more about the activities of the Gregson Family Foundation, please contact: