What we do
Sir John Cass’s Foundation support a wide range of educational establishments, special educational projects, grants and bursaries in and around the City of London. We have been doing this for over 250 years, for the benefit of the people of the boroughs.
The Foundation was founded by Sir John Cass, in 1748, a City of London politician and philanthropist, who bequeathed the vast majority of his properties and fortune to the endeavour.
More can be read of the history and development of the Foundation on our separate Origins & History page, and you can find out more about what and who we are supporting right now on our Projects page and our associates and Institutions pages.
The mission of the Foundation is to promote the education of young people in inner London through its grant programmes for individuals, educational institutions and organisations.
Our core values provide the basis for the Foundation’s mission. They shape the way we pursue our vision and underpin the way we behave with each other as well as the way we interact with the world around us.
Our core values are:
- Efficiency and Professionalism – we aim to treat people with dignity and respect always adhering to the highest personal and professional standards in the pursuit of business efficiency.
- Openness and Transparency – our policies, procedures and processes conform to the highest standards of governance and will stand the test of probity.
- Consideration – we treat everyone with empathy, compassion and understanding as we ourselves would wish to be treated.
- Innovation – we actively seek creative excellence to achieve change for the better.
Our Vision is to be regarded as an influential organisation, contributing to educational policy, practice and research in order to shape and meet the evolving needs of London’s young people.
The Foundation was established in 1748 by an Order of the Court of Chancery and is regulated by a Scheme (its constitution). The current scheme was made by the Secretary of State for Education and Science in 1970.
Sir John Cass’s Foundation Governance Constitution
The Foundation was established in 1748 by an Order of the Court of Chancery and is regulated by a Scheme (its constitution). The current Scheme was made by the Secretary of State for Education and Science in 1970. The Scheme was first registered with the Charity Commission in 1895. It has been periodically updated since then, with the last update being effected in 2015.
The Foundation’s Board of Governors
There are 12 Board members, two ex-officio and ten co-opted. Board members are eligible for re-appointment when their terms of office expire.
There are two main Committees reporting directly to the Board – The Grants Committee and The Audit & Compliance Committee. The Committees meet at regular intervals throughout the year (see Meeting Timetable for further details).
Board members can choose to join the Grants Committee and the Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer are ex-officio members of this Committee.
Code of Conduct
The Foundation’s Code of Conduct for Board members covers (amongst others) the following:
- The Nolan Principles and their application to the Board of Governors of the Cass Foundation
- Conflict of Interests Policy (which also applies to staff)
- Governor Expenses Policy
- Promoting Good Practice in Personal Behaviour
The Foundation is a member of the Tower Hamlets Education Partnership, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) and London Funders. The Foundation is also delighted to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer.