About Us

We Transform Lives Through Education, From the Nursery to the Boardroom

Who We Are

The Laidlaw Foundation is a global non-profit dedicated to enriching lives through the transformative power of education, particularly focusing on individuals from underserved communities. Our initiatives span from nurseries to C-Suites across six continents, cultivating a diverse community dedicated to creating equitable opportunities. 

We are committed to developing leaders who embody excellence, act with integrity, and who are driven to solve the world’s most intractable problems. 

Please note: We do not issue grants beyond our programmed activities.



Our Vision

A world where success is not an accident of birth.

A world free from poverty, built on equity, where leaders act with integrity.

A world which is open, decent, inclusive and allows everyone to thrive, sustainably.

Today, the Laidlaw Schools Trust serves over 7,000 pupils across 11 academies in North East England.

Today, over 2,500 students have completed the programme across 18+ universities around the world.

Today, over 300 women have graduated from leading business schools through our Scholarships.

A Global Community of Changemakers

Empowering connections, cultivating global leaders.


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