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Investment Approach

We have developed an investment approach that we believe will help us to achieve our vision. We aim to preserve capital and maximise the funding available for granting, with the flexibility to respond to investment opportunities as they arise.


Foundation North’s ability to grant is underpinned by the performance of its investment portfolio.

Foundation North is a long-term investor; as such, it has a well-diversified portfolio which is designed to navigate difficult environments and unexpected market conditions through time, including those posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The “defensive” characteristics of the Foundation’s portfolio are intended to dampen portfolio declines and to allow for continued spending. The grants budget for each of the past three financial years has varied between $44 and $46m – this therefore provides a level of confidence that we have a consistent ability to grant at current budget levels for at least the next two years.

Peter Tynan, Chief Executive (22 September 2021)