John Ellerman Foundation

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"The Foundation was established in 1971 as a generalist grant-making trust when Sir John Ellerman died. He had inherited his substantial wealth from the business interests set up by his father, especially in shipping - the family business was called Ellerman Lines. Sir John and his wife Esther had no children but through their lives they developed a growing and profound interest in philanthropy.

"Today the Foundation uses Sir John's legacy to make grants totalling more than £4 million a year to about 180 different charities, mostly in the United Kingdom. For historical reasons we continue to support a few charities operating in Southern and East Africa."[1]

Board of Trustees

Accessed April 2013: [2]



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  1. John Ellerman Foundation Home, organizational web page, accessed April 16, 2013.
  2. John Ellerman Foundation Trustees, organizational web page, accessed April 16, 2013.