The Frank Jackson Foundation is an endowed grant making Foundation. Our mission is to provide unrestricted funding to excellent organisations which seek to:
- Provide or improve the education of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK or South Africa or,
- Support environmental causes that include world class environmental research, its communication and dissemination, and practical approaches to solving the environmental crisis.
With an annual grant budget of £800-900,000 per annum we focus the majority of funds on core, long term charity partnerships. About 40% of grant recipients are in South Africa, and the rest in the UK, with some focus on Suffolk, where our founder lived and worked. A secondary objective is to support, with smaller grants, a wide spectrum of charitable causes which reflect the interests or expertise of the trustees.
More information on Frank Jackson, and the Foundation’s grant making strategies and partners can be found on our website. http://frankjacksonfoundation.org.uk/
There are currently six trustees on our board and, due to retirements, we are looking for two new trustees to join our board in guiding the work of the Foundation. The trustees are supported day to day by the Administrator in the UK, and a partner in Cape Town. Trustees take an active role; representing the Foundation at events and interviews, and visiting grant partners, in addition to trustee meetings. They will be expected to take some responsibility for building relationships with existing and prospective grantees, visiting funded projects and investigating future grant making opportunities. Trustee meetings are held in the City of London during the working day, 4 times per year. Trustees may also travel to South Africa each year (not essential every year) to oversee the grant programme there.
We are particularly looking for applicants with skills or experience in one or more of the following (but will consider all applicants):
• Experience in an environmental field, such as an environmental engineering, a researcher, or other practical environmental fields.
• Experience of charities or grant-making, and an understanding of charity governance.
• Connections in Suffolk or South Africa.
• Experience in education or educational charities.
Applicants should also demonstrate:
• Good independent judgement, integrity and straightforwardness.
• Good inter-personal skills.
• Access to a broad range of relevant grant opportunities, through contacts.
• Willingness to work collaboratively as part of the team.
Trustees are unremunerated but able to claim expenses arising from their duties for the Foundation, such as travel and subsistence costs.
How to apply
Please contact us on [email protected] if you would like a copy of our trustee role description. If you wish to discuss the role before applying, please e mail [email protected] and a call with the Chair can be arranged.
To apply please send your CV and a covering letter which outlines what you will bring to the board of trustees to: [email protected]