Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Introduction

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation is a UK-based grant-making trust established in 1967 by David Sainsbury to realise his charitable objectives. The organisation is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

The foundation’s work in Africa focuses on accelerating inclusive and resilient economic growth in East Africa by demonstrating how key sectors can be transformed.

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation has been sharing its data on commitments and disbursements with the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate since 2018, covering its grant making and investments back to 2013.

Private development finance

In 2017, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation provided USD 12.1 million in private development finance through standard grants.

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All of the foundation’s funding was provided bilaterally. The Gatsby Charitable Foundation did not channel any of its funds through the multilateral system (multi-bi/non-core contributions).

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In 2017, USD 2 million (16.6%) of the foundation’s financing was channelled to/through civil society organisations (CSOs). A majority of USD 7.3 million (60.1%) was channelled through other private sector entities and USD 2.8 million (23.3%) was channelled through governments. See the methodological notes for further details on channels of delivery.

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In 2017, the foundation’s activities were focused entirely on Africa, notably south of Sahara Africa.

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In 2017, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation distributed its country-allocated grants to four countries in East Africa. Support to fragile contexts reached USD 7.2 million in 2017 (59.4%).

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In 2017, 49.4% of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s funding (USD 6.0 million) was allocated to the least developed countries (LDCs), noting that 40.6% was unallocated by income group.

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In 2017, 59.1% of the foundation’s activities was allocated to production sectors, for a total of USD 7.2 million, particularly to agriculture and forestry, and 40.6% (USD 4.9 million) to economic infrastructure and services, notably business and other services.

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USD 1.9 million of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s activities supported the environment. In 2017, 15.4% of its sector-allocable aid had climate change mitigation and/or adaptation as a principal or significant objective.

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Additional resources

Gatsby Charitable Foundation: https://www.gatsby.org.uk

Role of philanthropy in financing for development: www.oecd.org/development/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/beyond-oda-foundations.htm

OECD CRS database, Private philanthropy for development: https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=DV_DCD_PPFD

Reporting to the OECD since 2018.

Gatsby Charitable Foundation