The support of Trusts, Foundations and Corporations is invaluable to our work.
We are grateful for the ongoing support from Trusts, Foundations, Corporations and individuals. Through the generosity of their support, we are able to provide access to challenging learning and adventure in the wilderness to over 200 young people annually. The results are transformative.
Our Corporate Funders
Brown Advisory – Cambridge Management Consulting – Cantor Fitzgerald – Cederberg Capital – Equitix Foundation – Novus – Outcomes First Group – Pharos
Jon Bennett – Preet Chandi – Arabella Connell – David and Judy Dangoor – John and Catherine Hartz – Daragh and Anne Horgan – Tim Kirk – Alison Mansfield – Rahul Moodgal – Jeremy Moss – Alistair Nelson – Doug and Maryn Oppenheim – Reepa and Krupesh Patel – Tim Passingham – David Simonson – Ian and Janet Sinclair
Trusts & Foundations
The Andrew Croft Memorial Fund – Artemis Charitable Foundation – The Carpenter Charitable Trust – Dudley and Geoffrey Cox Charitable Trust – E B M Charitable Trust – Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust – Ethel and Gwynne Morgan Trust – The Exilarch’s Foundation – The Fort Foundation – Four Acre Trust – The Hartz Family Foundation – The Hedley Foundation – The John Armitage Charitable Trust – The Portal Trust – The Progress Foundation – Rosemarie Nathanson Charitable Trust – The Sandy and Zorica Glen Charitable Settlement – The Vandervell Foundation
Exilarch’s Foundation – Dangoor Education
“Me and my family remain as excited about the programme with British Exploring Society now as when we first started working with you ten years ago.” – David Dangoor
The Exilarch’s Foundation is committed to providing young people access to high quality learning experiences. The Dangoor family who run the Foundation have funded the Dangoor Next Generation (DNG) programme since its inception in 2011, enabling young people least likely to have access to outdoor experiences to take part in and benefit from a truly transformative expedition. More recently, the Foundation generously supported our first and very ambitious land and sea programme – Dangoor Infinity – for young people with disabilities.
Working with partner organisations, both programmes have supported some of the most marginalised and vulnerable young people in the UK. On DNG, 95% of those who complete the expedition phase of the programme are engaged in employment, education, or training, within three months of returning home.
The Dangoor family have been remarkable partners, and the DNG programme has become the blueprint for how we support an increasingly diverse group of young people. Explore more here about what their support has helped us achieve over the past 10 years.
The Hartz Family Foundation
“These are the most difficult times to do anything, and we are proud and grateful that you have managed to achieve what you have in these last few months. What you and the team are doing is beyond all expectation and we have the greatest trust that you will continue to be able to do just that.” – John and Catherine Hartz
With the support of The Hartz Family Foundation we established our first UK based expedition programme in 2021.
Hartz Scottish Explorers was designed to remove as many barriers to expedition participation as possible. Whilst it is a complete, self-contained expedition journey in itself, Hartz Scottish Explorers may also act as a stepping stone onto our international expeditions.
Peter Cundil Foundation
“The Peter Cundill Foundation recognises the vital importance of young people getting into the outdoors and how much these experiences can lead to hugely enriched life chances. Having heard directly from some of those who have benefitted from their programmes, we were delighted to provide unrestricted support for British Exploring Society’s ambitious plans to reach ever more young people.”
The Peter Cundil Foundation has kindly supported British Exploring Society with a significant unrestricted grant. Unrestricted support is crucial in allowing us to adapt and grow to meet the needs of young people.
Over the past year, it has been invaluable in enabling us to progress with our strategy, develop new ways of working, and continue to provide adventure, personal development and learning to young people. It was in 2020 that we launched Wildestan Adventures, our virtual adventure programme, or ‘eighth continent’, to provide young people with access to the wilderness and outdoor knowledge even in lockdown.
In everchanging times, we are ever-adapting with thanks to the trust of our community and unrestricted grants like these.
build stronger futures with us
"One of the reasons I went on expedition was to prove to myself that I can do the things that at first glance I feel like I wouldn’t be able to. I like to take going up the mountain really literally - many times I’ve heard that 'problems are like climbing a mountain' and there is something so rewarding and freeing knowing I’ve actually done that!"
Grace - Young Explorer, Dangoor Next Generation Iceland 2022
I completely opened myself up in an entirely new and thrilling environment. Not only did I return as a person who had developed a great deal and who had in many ways matured, I did so with many new friends at my side.
Gus - Young Explorer, Canadian Yukon 2019
"What I have found the most interesting post-expedition is realising how much I’ve learnt from the other people in my fire and on expedition. 5 weeks is a long time to be around people you don’t know very well 24/7, so there’s a lot of time for talking, sometimes about trivial things but also about some serious issues and debates. I’ve found this is what I have been applying to life back home the most – reminiscing on these conversations and applying new world views to my own thinking."
Edie - Young Explorer, Kyrgyzstan 2022
"After the expedition I really do feel that I have a greater sense of self-confidence. The expedition has made me happy with who I am and confirmed the journey I want to embark on. I felt as though I could see my goals more clearly making me want to go on more expeditions in the future. On top of this I am even engaged in geographical dilemmas facing the world, which has made me more motivated to succeed in my studies and pursue a Geography degree."
Nye - Young Explorer, Hartz Scottish Explorers 2022
“My life goals became a lot clearer and I understand myself a lot more now. I know that in the future wherever I go and whatever I am doing this experience will still be holding a positive influence on my mindset. At the start of this expedition I was in the middle of nowhere with a large group of strangers, at the end I was in an amazing place with friends I now have for life.”
Ilayda - Young Explorer, Canadian Yukon 2019
“We’ve embraced others, ourselves, but finally the stunning nature that has submerged us these last three weeks. Seeing the complete wilderness of this beautiful landscape has revealed… the little things can have such a big impact, which can be easily ignored when living in a fast-paced city… [it] has inspired us all to change our ways to conserve the wonderful world we live in.”
Kyle - Young Explorer, Dangoor Next Generation Iceland 2019
“Things changed for me this summer and my life was transformed when I found the inner strength to ignore the negativity of bullies and overcome my self-doubt and anxiety, to put myself forward and join the awe-inspiring, mixed ability, month-long Dangoor Infinity sea and land expedition of self-discovery to Iceland.”
Joshua - Young Explorer, Dangoor Infinity 2019
"Challenging myself to go on an expedition was the best thing I could have done at this stage in my life. The expedition, and everything that led up to it, was an incredibly rewarding, and life-affirming experience. I feel incredibly lucky to have spent such an extraordinary three weeks with a truly brilliant group of people, who I hope to stay in contact with and hopefully go on more adventures with in future."
Izzy - Young Explorer, Canadian Yukon 2022
Life changing. I have learnt more about myself than I ever thought I could know, a journey of self-discovery. British Exploring attracts such a unique blend of people, you are definitely going to meet some friends for life - like minded people you never knew were out there that are just like you.
Dasha - Young Explorer, Amazon 2017
To see how far we had come in 3 weeks in terms of fitness was incredible but also seeing how much stronger we were emotionally was unbelievable. This experience proved that I can do anything I put my mind to and with determination and support from those around me anything is possible.
Charlotte - Young Explorer, Canadian Yukon 2019