Sir John Cass’s Foundation

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

Founded by City of London politician and philanthropist Sir John Cass in 1748, the Foundation has a rich history of supporting pioneering initiatives to promote participation and achievement for the most disadvantaged young people in the capital. The Foundation has evolved over its more than 250-year history to become one of the leading independent education charities in the UK.


We proudly continue to support the work of our founder through offering funding to schools, organisations and individuals-in-need across inner London. Alongside our funding programmes we support seven name-bearing educational institutions from nursery up to tertiary level. The Foundation also works hard to establish innovative partnerships with leading education bodies to improve attainment and access to opportunity for young Londoners, always with a focus on how successful interventions can be scaled at national level.


With an ever-changing political landscape and continuing financial pressures on our education system the Foundation is well placed to draw together policy makers, advocates and influencers to address the key challenges of our time and of the future.


The Foundation continues to be at the forefront of debate, stimulating meaningful discussion through our series of Annual Lectures. We look forward to welcoming the Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at St. Mary’s University, to deliver a thought-provoking exploration into the impact of education on the life chances of children in care at the Cass Business School, 01 November 2017.


Once again, the Foundation is delighted to be returning to Wellington College to sponsor the Sir John Cass Marquee at this inspirational, forward-thinking and celebratory event.