Global Partners

A selection of recent examples is highlighted below to provide an insight into the range and breadth of projects that are designed and delivered with philanthropic partners. Please get in touch with the team to discuss potential partnerships with your organisation or, if you are member of LSE staff, to discuss your existing or potential links.

Atlantic Philanthropies

LSE is to launch 20-year programme funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies with a record grant of £64.4 million to support leaders tackling inequalities. The Atlantic Fellows programme at the International Inequalities Institute (III) is an ambitious 20-year programme designed to build a global community of leaders dedicated to changing policy, practice and public dialogue around inequalities. The Atlantic Philanthropies is a longstanding and generous supporter of LSE and this is the largest philanthropic donation in the School’s history. Developed and led by III co-Directors Professors Sir John Hills and Mike Savage, the programme will train the next generation of leaders seeking to influence and facilitate changes in global policy and practice to enable greater equality, opportunity and outcomes for all. It is expected that well over 600 Atlantic Fellows will be developed across geographic and disciplinary boundaries over the duration of the programme.

Lalji Family Foundation

Thanks to a generous pledge of £10m from alumnus Firoz Lalji, through the Lalji Family Foundation, the LSE has endowed a new academic centre dedicated to teaching, research and engagement with Africa and Africa scholars. The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa further strengthens LSE’s commitment to placing Africa at the heart of debates about global issues. The centre is named in recognition of the Lalji Family Foundation that includes wife Najma’s and daughters Farah’s and Natasha’s transformative gifts of £13million to LSE. The new Centre will incorporate the Programme for African Leadership and will be led by Tim Allen, Professor in Development Anthropology, and Head of the Department of International Development at LSE.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Launched in 2015, the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute (III) draws from LSE’s distinctive strengths and provides coordination and strategic leadership on the interdisciplinary analysis of inequalities. Joseph Rowntree Foundation has generously awarded £565,000 to III to develop interdisciplinary research on the causes and consequences of inequalities globally, and for a three-year programme to investigate the links between poverty and inequalities. The gift establishes a new early career fellowship within the III as well as a programme of research on the connections between inequality, diversity and poverty which will be led by the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE). The programme aims to review the relationships between inequalities of various kinds and poverty, such as the consequences of living in an unequal society for those in poverty, parental resources’ effect on social mobility, and how inequality risks poverty for different groups, such as by ethnicity, gender, disability, or migration status. The funding will also ensure a programme of practitioner visitors to the III and a public engagement programme of events and publications to support the research.

John Templeton Foundation

Having previously provided generous support for the work of Professor Nancy Cartwright on a project that investigated the theological implications of modern images of nature, the John Templeton Foundation generously awarded £1.1million in 2015 for a three-year project, led by Professor Lord Richard Layard, focusing on the drivers of pro-social living.

The LSE team, working within the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), is analysing cohort data from over ten years of research to produce a quantitative model of what determines an individual’s enjoyment of life. The project will include a number of interventions which focus on the application of these models, for both policy-makers and individuals. One series, Exploring What Matters, launched by the Dalai Lama, will become a worldwide vehicle for public education, while the Healthy Minds initiative will focus on the 11-14 age groups, examining social and emotional learning, mental health, parenting, and mindfulness

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

In 2007, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) funded a £5.7 million ten-year research programme in development, governance, and globalisation in the Gulf States, and renewed for a further five years in June 2017 with a grant of £2.7 million. The Kuwait Programme is based in the Middle East Centre and is directed by Professor Toby Dodge, who is also the holder of the endowed Kuwait Chair, also supported by the initial grant. The programme seeks to build local capacity and facilitate the generation of transformational ideas for direct policy impact in Kuwait and the wider Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Over the past ten years, the Kuwait Programme has become a world-leading hub for research and expertise on Kuwait and the wider GCC region – actively working to bring together LSE academics, academics from the region, and global partners to develop innovative research collaborations, knowledge exchange, working papers, workshops, academic conferences, and executive training, covering key topics including resource-rich economic development, health care and social welfare provision, urban form, geography, and sustainability for the benefit of the GCC region. 

Pears Foundation

The Pears Foundation has pledged £30,000 to the LSE Faith Centre. The gift provided funding for the Holy Land Trip 2016 with Revd Dr James Walters. Revd Walters is the LSE Chaplain. He commented: “‘Challenging’, ‘Transformative’ and ‘Rewarding’ are three words used by students to summarise the interfaith trip to Israel/Palestine in January 2016. Eighteen students travelled together to visit the main religious sites of Islam, Christianity and Judaism and meet local people working for peace across religious divides.” An additional £30,000 was granted to repeat the visit in 2017.

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation has renewed its longstanding philanthropic support of LSE through a gift of $900,000 towards the International Growth Centre (IGC), supporting the Centre’s collaboration with the government of Sierra Leone in revising their national strategic plan for a community health workforce. This is an integral part of their efforts to build resilience within the country’s health system in the wake of the Ebola crisis.

The Rockefeller Foundation’s philanthropic association with the School stretches back as far as the 1920s, with the first in a series of gifts spanning the next two decades. Between 1923 and 1937, Rockefeller’s giving to LSE totalled $2m, or £500,000 – the significance of the sum made apparent by the fact that the School’s total revenue expenditure during the whole of these 14 years amounted to just under £1.5m. This latest gift to the IGC is a continuation of an invaluable relationship to LSE.

Stiftung Mercator

LSE has recently received a third round of funding, amounting to just over £900,000, from Stiftung Mercator, one of the leading German charitable foundations supporting research institutions. This support enabled the 2016 Dahrendorf Symposium, the third of its kind, in Berlin in May 2016 and is focused on the relationship between Europe and the rest of the world – particularly regarding its border zones, including Russia and Ukraine, Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, and the core regions of the world economy, China and North America.

The funding will also support associated research groups, comprising post-doctoral fellows, visiting academics, and practitioner fellowships.

Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust has long been a key partner for LSE due to our mutual commitment to Widening Participation and understanding the inequalities in education and professional trajectories. With support totalling over £1 million, the Trust has established award-winning Widening Participation programmes at LSE, including LSE CHOICE, an enrichment programme aimed at identifying the most talented young people from London state schools and colleges and giving them the tools they need to successfully apply to LSE and other competitive universities.

In addition, Pathways to Law was set up in 2006 by the Sutton Trust and the College of Law (now the Legal Education Foundation) to widen access to the legal profession. Its purpose is to recruit students with a demonstrated interest in a career in law to participate in LSE’s Widening Participation programme, and delivers a varied programme of lectures, seminars, advice and guidance sessions, and skills development workshops, as well as offering interaction with undergraduate students and professionals through e-mentoring and legal work placements. This is now complemented by a parallel programme, Pathways to Banking and Finance, set up in 2017 to support students who have an interest in the fields of finance and banking. Building on the success of Pathways to Law, both programmes will now expand to also support Year 10 and Year 11 students.

The Trust has also been a strong supporter of LSE research, particularly the Centre for Economic Performance’s examination of educational inequalities, and LSE Housing’s research into social inequalities.