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The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation through which Elizabeth and Rory channel their support to a range of different organisations in a number of ways.

On the one hand, it engages with individuals and with very local issues while on the other, funds world-class research into important global issues and simultaneously supports the higher education sector. Key to all we do through the foundation is partnership and supporting organisations which we believe deliver impact.

The Foundation was set up in 2006 to provide a structure for Rory and Elizabeth’s ongoing philanthropy. The focus of the Foundation has been on fewer rather than many things in order to allow limited resources and time to be best used in areas with which Rory and Elizabeth feel a personal connection and which resonate most closely with their life experiences and views.

The Foundation has an active involvement with a diverse range of philanthropic issues, both global and local.

Broadly, these issues include: Global development and poverty research, Higher Education in the UK, social justice, and the visual arts.

The Foundation has provided the largest known gift in support of the study of world poverty through the establishment of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester. In 2015, The Brooks World Poverty Institute was merged with the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) to form the Global Development Institute (GDI). The Foundation continues to support the GDI.

Rory has an active role as Chair of the University of Mancheter’s Global Leadership Board and is a frequent spokesperson in support of philanthropy to Higher Education. In addition, he has been chair of the Centre for Social Justice and sits on a number of not-for- profit organisations’ development and advisory boards.

Elizabeth was involved for many years as a Trustee of P3, the national social exclusion charity. She also leads the Foundation’s support of the visual arts with an emphasis on education, scholarship and international exchange. Elizabeth is a previous Chair of the Tate Patrons Executive Committee and is a patron of a number of arts organisations including Turner Contemporary, The Showroom, Art Fund and the Directors Circle of The Photographers Gallery.