The David and Elaine Potter Foundation encourages the values and beliefs of the founders within society. The Foundation is secular in orientation: the Potters believe passionately in the power of reason and in the significance and importance of all individuals in society.
We have five areas of interest: Civil society, Human rights, Education, Research, and the Arts. To find out more about each area of interest and to see examples of organisations we have supported, please click on the links below:
The Foundation's aims include the support of ideas and social innovation through research and the support of programmes that encourage civil society and the acknowledgement of diversity. Many examples of this approach are evident in the Foundation's grant making to date.
We are committed to multi-year grants where relevant and to the concept of general core support grants. Our approach to grant-making gives us a great deal of flexibility to respond quickly to particular areas of interest. It offers the possibility to experiment with many different types of grantees and subject areas. It allows for the provision of the small amounts of seed money that smaller organisations with lower overheads require to grow. It enables us to change focus relatively quickly to adapt to the often rapidly changing needs of the charitable sector.
Given the fast pace of change in the modern world, the volatile nature of the regions of interest and the potential opportunities to collaborate with other foundations, it may be necessary to review our approach periodically. Even though the basic values will not change, the way we focus our resources may well alter over time.
We do not accept unsolicited applications.
To see a full list of grants made, please click here