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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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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine Exeter College Exeter College Trinity College Trinity College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. Eastgate Hotel Eastgate Hotel, a festival hotel The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland