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Our supporters

Ark would not exist without our Patrons.  Every pound of patronage donated allows us to raise five times more in donations through government and third party funding. This has enabled us to leverage £460m from governments and partners in ten years.  Patronage allows Ark to promise donors that 100% of their gift will go directly to our programmes which transform children's lives in the UK and across the world. Three out of four donors consider this essential when making the decision to give.  For this reason, our patrons play a crucial role in our funding model and are at the very core of Ark. 

Our patrons:

Elena Ambrosiadou The Rambourg Foundation
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Bianca and Stuart Roden
Bloomberg GSA Capital

Academy founding partners:

Michael and Gianni Alen-Buckley David Gorton
Tina Alexandrou Gerard and Sarah Griffin
Brevan Howard Jon Hiscock and Fiona Forbes
Sarah and Mark Driver Kowitz Family Foundation
Eureka Charitable Trust Helen and Tim Throsby
Lord Farmer  


The Alexander Partnership* Greater London Authority
AMV BBDO* The Hari Prasad Shastri Charitable Trust
The Andrew and Belinda Scott Charitable Trust* John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation†
Baker & McKenzie LLP* Harvey and Allison McGrath*
Big Change* Morgan Stanley & Co International plc
The Boston Consulting Group* Frank Noel-Vandenberghe
Burberry Foundation Oliver Twist Foundation
Children's Investment Fund Foundation Omidyar Network
Comic Relief Peery Foundation†
DfID The Queen's Trust*
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation† Reuben Foundation
The Driver Youth Trust The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
ECN Executive Channel Europe Limited* State Street Corporation
ELMA Philanthropies Sundog Pictures*
Eureka Charitable Trust Winton Charitable Foundation*
Garfield Weston Foundation*  

Ark Schools corporate volunteers:

Actis KPMG
Bouygues UK Moonpig
Goldman Sachs Oliver Wyman
J. P. Morgan  

* Frontline donor

† Stir donor

Get involved

Patronage includes the following benefits:

Events- Invitations to a range of private events to meet fellow Patrons and members of the Ark family. Guest speakers at Ark events have included Boris Johnson, Bill Clinton and the Duke of Cambridge.
Recognition- Acknowledgement of your patronage on Ark's main communications channels including our website and annual review.  For corporate patrons, we will provide marketing materials so that you can promote your patronage via your website, email and other avenues.
Opportunity to get involved- Meetings with Ark staff to find out how your support impacts the lives of children. For corporate patrons, members of the Ark team can give informal talks and arrange Skype sessions for your employees with our overseas programme teams about the work your company's patronage supports.
Information- Regular updates about our programmes, giving you an insider's view of our activity and progress.  You'll also receive reports on the programmes of your interest which outline our progress and impact.

Patronage costs:

  • Annual INDIVIDUAL patronage is £25,000 per year
  • Annual CORPORATE patronage is £50,000 per year

To find out more about becoming an Ark patron, contact