Formerly the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund, Arcadia is a grant-making fund established in 2001. Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin form the Donor Board. Peter Baldwin is Chair of the Donor Board.
As of January 2013 Arcadia had awarded grants of more than $234 million.
Arcadia's key mission is to protect endangered culture and nature. This includes near extinct languages, rare historical archives and museum quality artefacts, and the protection of ecosystems and environments threatened with extinction. Although no longer part of our remit, we have historically donated to charities working to protect free societies and human rights, to encourage education and to promote philanthropy. Full details of our grants are given under the Current and Past Grants pages.
The name Arcadia carries many associations, including a utopian view of the natural world and of the aspirations of human societies. To its founders it also embodies Arcadia's ideal: the desire to preserve but also acknowledge the transience of the world’s most beautiful and fragile treasures of nature and culture.
The Donor Board meets with the Advisory Board annually, when decisions are taken about future funding. Grants are made according to the scholarly and practical interests of the Donor Board, and according to informed, expert advice from the Policy Advisors and the Advisory Board.
We regret that Arcadia is unable to consider uninvited applications or enter into unsolicited correspondence.
Our fund is administered by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).