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Georgina ferry
Georgina Ferry

A Better World is Possible: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Social Progress

David Sainsbury Interviewed by Georgina Ferry

Friday, 23 March 2018

4:00pm

1 hour

Bodleian: Divinity School

£7 - £12.50

One of Britain’s most generous philanthropists Lord David Sainsbury talks to science writer and author Georgina Ferry about the Gatsby Charitable Foundation he launched almost exactly 50 years ago and about how the wealthy can contribute to the common good.

Sainsbury established the trust with a £5 cheque in March 1967. It is now spending around £50 million a year on charitable activities and has contributed more than £1 billion in total to programmes ranging from reducing poverty in Africa to raising standards of technical education and investigating how the brain works.

Sainsbury is a businessman and politician. He was chair of Sainsbury’s between 1992 and 1997, served as Labour Minister of Science and Innovation between 1998 and 2006, and is chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

Ferry has written an in-depth account of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation that asks how the affluent might spend their money wisely for the common good. She is a former journalist on New Scientist, has presented science programmes on BBC radio, and is author of six books on science and history.

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