The Ardevora Charitable Trust
In February 2021, Ardevora established the Ardevora Charitable Trust to provide support to a group of charities and social enterprises, each of which works in different ways to address and mitigate damage in areas that are important to us.
The Ardevora Charitable Trust is a named fund held within The Master Charitable Trust (MCT). The MCT is a donor-advised fund managed by C. Hoare & Co. Bank and is a registered charity (number 1139904). Donations made from the Ardevora Charitable Trust are directed by the Ardevora Partners and verified by Messrs. Hoare Trustees.
The five organisations currently supported by the Ardevora Charitable Trust are:
||Key Fund is an anti-poverty and empowerment organisation, focused on enabling people to create opportunities and stimulate economic activity in disadvantaged communities, with a focus in the Midlands and North of England. It invests in small community and social enterprises in areas of acute deprivation to enable them to establish, develop and grow. All the enterprises it supports have been unable to source funding from traditional lenders and Key Fund provides continuing support and advice to the enterprises to help them to deliver their business plans. Ardevora’s donation is helping to enhance post-investment support for social enterprises, developing a green fund to support disadvantaged communities and establishing a training programme to bring diverse talent into the social investment sector.
||Global Canopy is a data-driven think tank and environmental organisation that targets the market forces destroying tropical forests. Since 2001, it has been testing new open-access data-driven approaches to tackling deforestation, and guiding companies, investors and governments worldwide to think differently about our planet’s forests. They aim to improve the data, metrics and rules needed for global markets to stop nature-related impacts and to maximise opportunities for positive action. Ardevora’s donation is providing core funding to help scale the organisation and manage rapid growth.
||Cool Earth provides direct support to strengthen local rainforest communities, help them to protect at-risk forest and to ensure their voices are heard in agreements that affect the future of the rainforest that surrounds them. The organisation also promotes a greater understanding of the role that forest communities play in keeping rainforest ecosystems intact and the role that rainforests play in supporting life across the planet. Ardevora’s donation is providing support for a pilot of the provision of unconditional cash transfers to a rainforest community in Peru.
||The Blue Marine Foundation exists to combat overfishing and the destruction of biodiversity through the creation of large-scale marine reserves and by delivering new models of sustainable fishing. Ardevora’s donation is supporting three projects: evaluating the current level of protection for the UK’s marine environment, exploring pathways to a just and fair transition away from highly destructive bottom-towed fishing gear and strengthening protections for the deep sea.
|The Oxford University HESTIA project
||The HESTIA project is developing an innovative data platform which collates data from researchers, famers, food processors and other actors in the agri-food system on the sustainability of different products and production practices. These data are validated, stored in a consistent format, and are open access. Ardevora’s donation is allowing the Hestia team to partner with WorldFish and Stockholm University to expand the volume of aquaculture data on the platform. During 2022, they will specifically be focusing on integrating data from the Blue Food Assessment and particularly focusing on major aquaculture species including tilapia, pangasius, salmon, and shrimp. The research will then explore these data to draw out key messages on the drivers of productivity and sustainability.
The Ardevora Charitable Trust does not accept applications for funding.
The Master Charitable Trust
Charity registration number 1139904
37 Fleet Street
London EC4P 4DQ