Our Impact

Programmes and initiatives launched by the Trust

Disbursing over £7 million to charitable causes in the UK and developing world

SolarAid – Light a Village

An innovative pilot project by SolarAid to provide solar lights to every household in an off-grid village in central Malawi, aiding their mission to light up all of rural Africa by 2030.

  • STEM
  • 2021

The Kirk Global Challenge

The University of Cambridge and the Turner Kirk Trust have launched the Kirk Global Challenge, a competition designed to jump-start economic growth in the developing world.

  • STEM
  • 2021

The Turner Fellows Programme

A new global fellowship programme at the Cambridge Conservation Initiative to protect biodiversity and foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Conservation
  • 2020

The Turner-Kirk UAV Research Programme

A new student-led research programme to develop new unmanned aerial vehicles to fight back against climate change and poaching, funded by the Trust.

  • STEM
  • Conservation
  • 2019

The Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowship

A visiting fellowship programme hosted at the Isaac Newton Institute to support underrepresented groups within higher mathematical research.

  • STEM
  • 2019

The Utkrisht Development Impact Bond

An early intervention programme designed to improve the quality of healthcare for pregnant women and newborns in Rajasthan, India.

  • ECD
  • 2018

Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information

A research centre focusing on solving fundamental mathematical problems and the methodology for processing data.

  • STEM
  • 2016

Hope and Homes for Children

An initiative in South Africa designed to desinstitutionalise children by closing orphanages, preventing family separation, and putting in place alternative family-based care for children who need it.

  • ECD
  • 2016
About the UBS Optimus Foundation

One to One Children's Fund

A project aiming to reduce child mortality rates by training local communities to provide quality home-based care and support for children and their families in South Africa.

  • ECD
  • 2015