About us

Barrow Cadbury Trust is an independent, endowed, charitable foundation. The Trust is the largest of the several dozen Cadbury family foundations.

Our history goes back more than 100 years. The Trust has had a focus on social justice and equality issues from the beginning. Our founders, Barrow and Geraldine Cadbury worked throughout their lives for greater social justice and we carry on in that tradition today in our commitment to bringing about a more just and equal society. Building on our Quaker roots we seek long-term solutions by looking at root causes of inequality.

The problems we address are complex so we often work in partnership and collaboration; with partners, other trusts and foundations, local and national government, to identify solutions.

We focus on a small number of distinct policy areas and try to influence them by building an evidence base, advocating for change, and ensuring the voices of people affected by social injustices are heard in the debate.

Much of our work is directed towards change at the national level but where we work locally this is almost always in the Birmingham area.

Our vision, mission and values as well as four cross-cutting themes form the basis of our work.