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The Trust’s Financial Priorities

Our scholarships programme, for which we receive support from a number of charitable trusts including the Stone Family Foundation, has on an average taken from recent years accounted for three-quarters of the Trust’s expenditure. By the same measurement, the Longford Lecture (2014 Lecturer Nils Oberg is pictured above) and the Longford Prize represent between 10 and 12.5 per cent of outgoings. The trust works to keep administration costs as low as possible, while maintaining the professionalism and expertise required to ensure that all funds are directed to those who can best benefit from them.  A fuller breakdown is available in our Annual Report.

Bianca Jagger’s 2013 Longford Lecture

Lecture and Prize Funding

The Longford Lecture is currently mainly funded by the donations given in lieu of tickets. Our Kevin Pakenham Award is supported financially by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Previous sponsors of our annual lecture have included the Independent and Telegraph titles, Thames River Capital, Investec Asset Management and Unilink Technology Services

The 2019 Longford Lecture

Funding the Scholarships

Among long-standing supporters are: the John Armitage Charitable Trust, the Bromley Trust, the Lund Trust, the Linbury Trust, the Rank Foundation, the Rivers Foundation, the Stone Family Foundation and the Wilmington Trust.

“I’m eternally grateful to the Longford Trust. You gave me more than higher education, a mentor and money. You have given me opportunities and hope, confidence and happiness.” CJ, Patrick Pakenham Scholar