History of the St. James’s Place Foundation

The St. James’s Place Foundation was established by the Directors of St. James’s Place in 1992, the same year that the company began trading (as J. Rothschild Assurance). The Directors held the simple belief that those of us who are more fortunate should give to those who have less or who suffer in some way. Since that time, the Foundation has become one of the most successful company charities in the UK.

In 1992, we raised £17,000. Since then the amount raised annually has increased substantially, as the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group has grown. In 2015, we raised over £7million.

25 Years of the Foundation


The St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group is established, under the name of the J.Rothschild Assurance Group by Mike Wilson CBE, Sir Mark Weinberg and Lord Rothschild.


The Company begins trading and the Foundation is formed at the same time, with an initial donation of £30,000.


The Foundation becomes a UK Registered Charity.

The first two donations are made to UK Charities.


The Hospice Movement and Support of Young Carers are chosen as the main themes to help guide the Foundation’s grant-making.


£6,000 is donated to the Stirling Royal Infirmary in memory of the children killed at Dunblane.


The Foundation makes its first grant to Brainwave, a charity helping children with disabilities and developmental delay.

St. James’s Place is floated on the stock market in 1997 and its market capitalisation places it within the FTSE 250 Index.


£4,959 is awarded to The Rose Road Association to help children with disabilities.

The largest donation since inception is made: £31,400 to the Great Ormond Street Hospital.


The shareholders of St. James’s Place plc agree to use some of the Company’s profits to match funds donated and raised by the St. James’s Place Community.


The Company and the Foundation change their names, becoming St. James’s Place.

The Foundation makes its first grant to Hope & Homes for Children, signifying the beginning of a long-term relationship which continues to this day.


The St. James’s Place community raises in excess of £1,000,000.


The Foundation pledged £800,000 to Help the Hospices to fund the Care Beyond Cancer programme.


£50,000 is pledged to a St. James’s Place Partner-led charity, Children of the Himalayas, helping malnourished children in Nepal, which is the first of a number of grants made over the next six years.


£440,000 is pledged to Teenage Cancer Trust to fund patient technology in their units in Birmingham, Leeds and London.

The Foundation joins the CIDA to help disadvantaged young people in South Africa to attend university, with a number of Partners and employees agreeing to sponsor individual students for the next three years.


The largest ever donation of £1.2 million is pledged to The Children’s Trust, Tadworth, to fund the building of a new Hydrotherapy Centre. The Centre will provide therapy to children with acquired brain injuries.


£656,000 is awarded to the National Star College to help build a new specialist student residence aimed at children challenged by disability and complex health issues.

£200,000 is pledged to Education for the Children Foundation to help educate and look after children living in poverty, the first grant in Guatemala.

The grant-giving themes are expanded following a company-wide survey to include charities working with economically and socially marginalised young people, people with cancer and returning service personnel.


The St. James’s Place Foundation Hydrotherapy Centre at the Children’s Trust in Tadworth, Surrey, is opened by employees, service users and the Trustees and Directors of both organisations.

The total fundraising and amount donated since inception exceeds the £20 million milestone.

The latest grant to Hope & Homes for Children means that over £4 million has been awarded by the Foundation to assist their work with children affected by war or disaster in both Eastern Europe and Africa.


The new student residence, Ullenwood View is officially opened at the National Star campus near Cirencester, with students welcoming the team from St. James’s Place.

The Government’s Giving White Paper features the St. James’s Place Foundation as a shining example of what can be achieved through ‘payroll giving,’ with over 80% of our community giving in this way.


A challenging fundraising target of £4 million is set for the 20th Year, this follows on from the £3 million raised in 2011. Incredibly, due to the fantastic support of the St James’s Place Community, we exceed our target, raising a staggering £5,171,692.


£1,000,000 is pledged to Smile Support & Care’s 18th Anniversary Appeal to build a short break residential care centre, with day care facilities, for severely disabled children and their families.


£388,000 raised in one day by the St. James’s Place community at the Annual Company Meeting in aid of Stephen Sutton’s fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust. 19-year old Stephen has incurable cancer and delivered his speech live to an audience of over 4,000.


£600,000 committed over three years to support Hope and Homes for Children’s vital work in Romania helping children out of orphanages and into loving family homes.


Total raised and distributed to good causes reaches £50million.

“ £56 million in 25 years, raised by you, for those less fortunate than ourselves, is a brilliant achievement. We really are making a difference to the lives of others.”

Mike Wilson CBE
Chairman of the St. James’s Place Foundation and Life President, St. James’s Place Plc

Funds awarded in 2017


Upcoming events

Find a list of all our upcoming fundraising events for 2017 that the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group community is organising. These events reflect the tremendous commitment that they show to the Foundation year and year.

London to Reims cycle ride 2012

Apply for funding

We aim to make a significant difference to the lives of children and young people. Any small charity that meets the criteria can apply for a grant from the Foundation.