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How We Operate

We proactively seek and support organizations with strong leadership, that operate in a cost-effective, collaborative, scientifically sound and ethical manner, and that share our ambitions.

We are guided by our founders and rely on the expertise of our team, advisory board and networks to develop our strategy and grantmaking.

We make few, multi-year grants. We fund operational costs, existing projects or develop partnerships to create new schemes. We build long-term relationships with our grant recipients: we replicate and expand successful projects and award repeat grants to continue outstanding work.

    • Dr Lisbet Rausing

      Co-founder of Arcadia. Lisbet did her BA at UC Berkeley and her PhD at Harvard University, where she was a lecturer and assistant professor in the history of science. Lisbet also supports family companies such as Ecolean, a liquid food packaging company, and Ingleby Farms, a farming company. Outside boards and committees have included the Harvard Board of Overseers and Yad Hanadiv Advisory Committee. She currently serves on the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Advisory Board.

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    • Professor Peter Baldwin

      Co-founder of Arcadia and chairman of the Donor and Advisory Boards. Peter is professor of history at UCLA and Global Distinguished Professor at NYU. He is a member of the board of the New York Public Library, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Wikimedia Endowment, and chair of the board at the Center for Jewish History. Peter has written books on the history of the welfare state, of public health, and of copyright. He has a book on the history of crime and the law and one on the Covid-19 pandemic forthcoming in 2021.

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    • Frances Beinecke
      Advisory Board

      Frances is President Emerita of the Natural Resources Defense Council ( NRDC). She serves on the Boards of ClientEarth, the World Resources Institute, the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Advisory Board of Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

      Frances Beinecke
    • Dr Johannes Burger
      Advisory Board

      Johannes is a partner at Marxer & Partner, the oldest and largest law firm in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Centrum Bank from 2008 to 2015.

      Johannes Burger
    • Sir Charles Burrell Bt
      Advisory Board

      Charles owns the 3,500 acre Knepp Castle Estate in West Sussex. Since 2001, he has devoted the estate to a landscape-scale rewilding project, with free-roaming cattle, horses, pigs, and deer driving habitat creation. Numerous endangered species have returned to Knepp, and it is now a breeding hotspot for turtle doves, purple emperor butterflies and nightingales.

      Charlie Burrell
    • Anthea Case CBE FRSA
      Advisory Board

      Anthea has recently retired as Principal Adviser of Arcadia, a post held since 2004. She previously worked in the Treasury, and was Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. She was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to heritage. Anthea's roles in the heritage and arts sector have included chair of the Heritage Alliance and Heritage Commissioner on CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment). She is currently on the boards of the Illuminated River Foundation, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Trust and a member of the British Council’s Cultural Protection Advisory Group.

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    • Professor Dr Markus Hilgert
      Advisory Board

      Professor Dr Markus Hilgert is the secretary general and chief executive officer of the Kulturstiftung der Länder (Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States). Previously, Markus was the director of the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) in the Pergamonmuseum, Berlin and Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Heidelberg University. He established the Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage at Heidelberg University as well as the Center for Digital Cultural Heritage in Museums at the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

      Prof Dr Markus Hilgert
    • Heather Joseph
      Advisory Board

      Heather is the executive director of SPARC, a global coalition committed to making “open” the default for research and education. She has served on the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations including the Public Library of Science (PLOS), Duraspace, EIFL, the Center for Open Science and ImpactStory. In 2015, Heather was appointed to the Commerce Data Advisory Council of the United States Department of Commerce.

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    • Ben Koerner
      Advisory Board

      Ben graduated from Harvard College in 2015 with an AB in Comparative Literature. After college he joined the New Statesman, working on the culture desk, and then the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, researching rising powers and global governance. Ben is currently studying political science at LSE. He is also on the board of Corrour, his family’s estate in Scotland.

      Ben Koerner
    • Neil MacGregor OM
      Advisory Board

      Neil chairs the Steering Committee charged with preparing the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. He was previously director of the British Museum from 2002 to 2015, and of the National Gallery from 1987 to 2002. He was appointed to the Order of Merit in 2010.

      Neil Mac Gregor
    • Dame Alison Richard
      Advisory Board

      Alison is a Senior Research Scientist at Yale. She was previously Vice Chancellor of Cambridge. She is co-trustee of the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, a board member at WWF-International and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and chairs the Advisory Boards of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Luc Hoffman Institute and Perrett Laver.

      Dame Alison Richard
    • Lord Rothschild OM GBE
      Advisory Board

      Jacob has chaired RIT since its flotation in 1998, and is chairman of the nominations committee. He is also chairman of the Rothschild Foundation and Yad Hanadiv, and former chairman of the National Gallery and the Heritage Lottery Fund. He was awarded the Order of Merit in 2002 for exceptionally meritorious service to arts, learning, literature and science.

      Lord Rothschild
    • Dr Simon Chaplin
      Chief Executive Officer

      Simon is Arcadia’s CEO. He was previously Director of Culture & Society at the Wellcome Trust and Director of Wellcome Collection. He is a biologist-turned-historian and has served on the boards of several research-focused organizations including Research Libraries UK, the British Society for the History of Science and the Society for the History of Natural History.

      Dr Simon Chaplin
    • Dr Gerardo Fragoso
      Director of Environmental Programmes

      Gerardo heads Arcadia’s environmental programme. He was previously Head of Programme at the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, where he was responsible for overseeing advice provision on the protection of endangered species and their habitats.

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    • Dr Ross Mounce
      Director of Open Access Programmes

      Ross manages Arcadia’s open access grants. He was previously a postdoc in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, a Software Sustainability Fellow, and a Panton Fellow for open data in science. Ross gained his doctorate at the University of Bath, where his thesis focused on the role of morphology in analyses of evolutionary relationships that include fossil species.

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    • Dr Arthur Dudney
      Cultural Grants Manager

      Arthur manages Arcadia’s cultural grants. He was previously a research fellow at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and a teaching fellow at SOAS. He holds a PhD from Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, and an AB from Princeton University’s Department of Classics.

      Arthur dudney
    • Dr Mike Heyworth
      Consultant to Cultural Programmes

      Mike works as a consultant as part of the culture team. He is an archaeologist by training and was previously the executive director of the Council for British Archaeology. He is now a consultant working with a range of archaeology and heritage groups across the UK. He holds a PhD from the University of Bradford in archaeological science.

      Dr Mike Heyworth
    • Dr Francesca McGrath
      Environmental Grants Manager

      Francesca manages Arcadia’s environmental grants, alongside Gerardo and Emma. Trained as a conservation scientist, she has international experience in coupled human-natural systems in Southeast Asia, US, UK, and wildlife trade in the Middle East. Francesca was previously a research fellow in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Her PhD from the National University of Singapore explored incentive-based conservation programmes in Indonesia. She also holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.

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    • Dr Emma McIntosh
      Environmental Grants Manager

      Emma manages Arcadia’s environmental grants, alongside Gerardo and Francesca. She previously worked on environmental policy, monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy projects in Australia, French Polynesia and the UK including with the Great British Oceans coalition, Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership and the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Emma holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford in conservation science.

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    • Andrew Wright
      Director of Lund Trust

      Andrew leads Peter and Lisbet’s personal giving through Lund Trust, Arcadia's sister charity. He previously worked for Cripplegate Foundation, a charitable trust in North London. Andrew has an MA in Aegean archaeology and an MSc in Philanthropy, Grantmaking and Social Investment.

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    • Tami Shacham
      Acting Chief Operating Officer

      Tami heads Arcadia’s operations and communications. She previously worked at Yad Hanadiv, a Rothschild family foundation. Tami has a master’s degree in culture studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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    • Lucy Bromley
      Operations Assistant

      Lucy works alongside Tami and Andrew, supporting Arcadia and Lund Trust's operations and communications work. She previously worked at Sotheby’s, an international fine art auction house. Lucy has a master’s degree in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh.

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  • Total awarded since 2002:
    Our giving by programme
    Preserving endangered culture
    Protecting endangered nature
    Promoting open access
  • Arcadia is a family charitable fund. Our founders, Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, set up Arcadia in 2002. We are run by a small London-based team of experts in their fields.

    We support charities, non-profit organizations and scholarly institutions. We carry out deep due diligence before committing funding. Potential grantees must demonstrate that they are best placed to carry out our shared objectives in an effective, sustainable and ethical manner. We also support scholars carrying out endangered culture documentation work through our regranting schemes (see 'what are regranting schemes').

    We give grants internationally and are not restricted by geography. We support work where we believe it is most needed, where there is most promise, and where conditions will allow those we fund to achieve effective and long-lasting outcomes at minimal risk to teams on the ground. Our grant holders rely on partnerships with local organizations and practitioners, to ensure that their expertise and interests are integral to the work.

    Our giving is led by our founders and their vision. They make decisions on our strategy and grantmaking. The Arcadia team researches needs and gaps in our focus areas, and makes recommendations for interventions and partners that would best deliver on our aims. Our advisory board and networks support the development of our initiatives. Our founders make decisions on new grants annually.

    We award grants ‘in principle’, based on an initial outline of the work to be funded and supporting due diligence, before inviting potential grantees to submit full grant proposals. Our team then works with potential grantees to develop their proposals. This means that organizations do not waste time on applications or lengthy grant proposals that may not be successful.

    Arcadia’s grants and operations are privately funded by the family trusts.

    Arcadia Philanthropic Trust is an irrevocable and exclusively charitable trust.

    The trustee is Talvik Trust Services AG, a licensed trust company regulated by the Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority.

    We do not accept applications for funding. We rely on our own research and networks and seek out those that most align with our vision and approach.

    Because we are a small team, we are not able to respond to all enquiries and requests for meetings.

    Organizations and individuals can apply for funding through our regranting programmes: the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, Endangered Archives Programme, The Endangered Modern Archives Program, The Endangered Material Knowledge Programme and the Endangered Landscapes Programme.

    We publish information about our grants openly using the 360Giving data standard. There are case studies on our website, and you can read our recent annual report. If you want to find out more about our giving you can follow us on Twitter @ArcadiaFund or get in touch at

    We run three grant programmes: preserving endangered culture, protecting endangered nature; and promoting open access. Each year we also make some grants to organizations and causes that our founders have a personal ongoing commitment to, or interest in. These discretionary grants are additional to those made through our three grant programmes.

    Lund Trust, Arcadia’s sister charity, is dedicated to making gifts to organizations and work to which our founders have a special personal connection.

    We outsource some of our grant-making so that we can effectively identify and respond to on-the-ground needs.

    Our first regranting programme, the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme at SOAS, started in 2002. Now, we run six active cultural and environmental regranting programmes. So far, we have awarded more than $100 million through our regranting programmes.

    One of the challenges we face as grant-makers is determining where and when our support is most needed, and how best to use our resources to achieve lasting, meaningful outcomes. As a small team, one way we work is through regranting schemes – Arcadia grants that are distributed by partner organizations and networks with the knowledge and capacity to identify where the greatest need and opportunity exists. This allows us to support local initiatives worldwide that are best placed to deliver verifiable outcomes. Sometimes we work with existing networks to distribute funds. Where no such network exists, we develop new programmes.

    To establish these programmes we:

    • Define the need. We do research and seek expert advice. This can include commissioning scoping studies.
    • Find a partner. We identify partner institutions that are well-established and well-connected, experts in their domains; and have knowledge and capacity to provide support and mentoring to grantees.
    • Establish a programme. We work with the partner to shape criteria and advise them as they develop a proposal to administer the programme.
    • Select a panel. We work with our partners to appoint panels of world-class domain experts to make decisions on grants and develop programme strategy.
    • Monitor and evaluate. We monitor progress through written reports, participation at panel meetings, and ongoing correspondence with our partners. We commission external evaluations at strategic points.

    One of Arcadia’s aims is to promote open access to information. For this reason, we ask that all materials resulting from our grants are made publicly available for free via the internet. This includes text, images, audio and video.

    Technical standards

    • The files that grantees make available online must be of sufficient quality to ensure that they can be used for research.
    • Images must be 300dpi minimum.
    • Audio files must be a minimum of 44.1KHz/16bit for born digital files and a minimum of 96KHz/24bit for digitized analogue files.

    Publication of papers and books

    Papers and books produced and/or published with funding from our grants must be made available for free, via the internet, in one or more of the following ways:

    1. Via an institutional repository, instead of or prior to publication (and according to preprint archiving rules), or within one year of publication (and according to post print archiving rules); and/or,
    2. Via an Open Access journal, with any publishing fees assumed by the researcher.

    Digital preservation and long-term access

    Grant recipients must agree to preserve all digital materials resulting from our grant and to keep them freely available on the internet as long as the grantee organisation exists.

    You can read about our work to become more environmentally sustainable here.

    Please bear in mind that we do not accept applications for funding. If you would like to learn more about Arcadia please email us at

    As we are trying to reduce the amount of paper we use, please contact us by email rather than post wherever possible.

  • Beyond our grants

    We encourage the organizations we work with to share knowledge freely and widely, to act in an environmentally sustainable manner, and to support young people.

    Open access

    Open access (OA) means both making knowledge available online for free and giving people the right to use that knowledge. OA advances research, improves decision-making, encourages innovation, and is a step towards greater equity. Alongside our grants to promote open access, we ask that all materials resulting from our funding are made publicly available for free online.


    The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our times. We stand with the scientific community and acknowledge that human-made global heating requires immediate and widespread action. We are working to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and ask that our grantees consider the environment as they carry out the activities we fund.

    Read about our sustainability work.

    Young People

    Our work is designed to help future generations. We are developing our ideas to ensure that we support, empower and encourage early career scholars, practitioners and activists so that they are best positioned to participate in shaping the decisions that will influence their future.

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