Leveraging philanthropy as a catalyst for change, innovation and collaboration

The Turner Kirk Trust is a family foundation that supports science, technology, engineering, mathematicsconservation and biodiversity, and early childhood development causes in the UK and developing world. 

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Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Only by harnessing science, technology, engineering and mathematics research can we begin to solve many of the global challenges we face today. Advancements in technology and science have the ability to make the world a safer, more prosperous place – whether that’s through the mitigation of climate change or the use of big data. 

The Turner Kirk Trust supports international organisations and research institutions to help realise its mission, including the University of Cambridge and the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. 

Our STEM Programmes

Conservation & Biodiversity

Conserving our biodiversity is the single biggest challenge facing the world today, and is a central issue in how we respond to climate change. A global crisis requires a global response. Only by bringing experts and stakeholders together – from global policymakers to the private sector – can we find solutions and policy changes that can be implemented on an international level. 

The Turner Kirk Trust funds fellowships and multi-disciplinary research programmes at institutions including the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the University of Oxford.

Our Conservation Programmes

Early Childhood Development

The years from birth to age five are the most formative – both emotionally and physically – in a child’s life. Early intervention programmes in the developing world have the power to catalyse huge, far-reaching social and economic changes. 

The Turner Kirk Trust supports global charitable initiatives that focus on childhood nutrition, postnatal care and education, partnering with the UBS Optimus Foundation. 

Our ECD Programmes

Latest news

Dr. Ewan Kirk on Charity Chat – “That ability to fail and to allow people to fail is important.”

This month, our co-founder Dr. Ewan Kirk was interviewed for the Charity Chat podcast. Ewan shared his insights into our philanthropic philosophy, the importance of promoting inclusivity in STEM, and why diversity of thought is so necessary in philanthropy.

Dr. Ewan Kirk on Do More Good – “We try and fund things that, if they work, can be a catalyst for a much larger change.”

This month, our co-founder, Dr Ewan Kirk was interviewed for the Do More Good podcast. Ewan shared his insights on the Turner Kirk Trust, STEM education, and the importance of giving charities the freedom to experiment through ‘Permission to Fail’.