About Us

The W F Southall Trust is a Quaker-based family-run grant-making charitable trust, established in 1937 by Wilfred Francis Southall. Today, the Trust is governed by a group of trustees, all of whom are descendants of Wilfred Southall. On a day-to-day basis, the Trust is administered by an independent secretary.

The Trust distributes grants to charities registered in England and Wales. Typically, these charities will be working in at least one of the following six fields:

Community Action
Environmental Action & Sustainability
Overseas Development
Peace & Reconciliation
Substance Abuse, Addiction & Penal Affairs
The work of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

The amount that the Trust distributes varies from year to year, as it is dependent upon the performance of the Trust's investments. These investments are managed according to defined ethical criteria, so that the income is generated from sources compatible with the Trust’s objectives.

The Trust is founded upon the Quaker principles of love and respect for one's neighbour, recognising that there is something of God in everyone. As such, it is committed to creating a more just and peaceful society were there is no place for violence. Therefore, a concerted effort is made to ensure that the Trust makes no investment in companies that generate income from arms dealing.

Further information about the Trust can be found throughout this website.