Funders and Supporters
The Garfield Weston Foundation was established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, a Canadian businessman who arrived in the UK with his family in 1932. He was the creator of Associated British Foods and the Foundation was endowed with the donation of family-owned company shares.
As a result, the Foundation is today the ultimate controller of the company and the Weston family remain Trustees. Since the Foundation began it has donated more than £680 million to charities across the UK. The Foundation contributes to a wide range of causes, including education, community, welfare, youth, health, the arts and the environment.
Each year the Foundation spends the income it receives and donations have continued to grow. On average, approximately 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation and these include small community and volunteer projects though to large national organisations. Grants are located from the smallest rural communities through to Britain's major cities. Despite the diversity of organisations and projects the Foundation funds the common theme is quality and excellence - grants recognise projects demonstrating clear outcomes and benefits, capable individuals and well considered plans.
2011-12 was a record year, with the Foundation donating over £46 million to over 2,000 organisations and the Trustees are delighted to have been able to grant such a significant sum during the current economic climate.