The original Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust was established in 1928 for benevolent purposes by Edward Cadbury, the grandson of the founder of the chocolate company, and his wife Dorothy.  The interests of the founders focused on social welfare, music, nature, education and training and reflected the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, justice, peace and care of the environment. 
These interests and values have helped shape the grant-making policy of the Trust and the Trustees believe that their mission today is as relevant as it was when Edward and Dorothy Cadbury first identified the need to support the local community.  The interests of the Founders and the Trustee body therefore particularly focus on supporting the voluntary sector, music and the arts, children’s charities and disadvantaged groups in the West Midlands and Worcestershire.
In 2004, Trustees took the decision to set up an incorporated charity and to give greater definition to the objectives of the Trust.  The Objects of the newly formed Trust became: ‘such exclusively charitable purposes, including the advancement of citizenship or community development, relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage, advancement of arts, heritage and science and other purposes beneficial to the community, as the Trustees may decide.’  Trustees believe that these objects fully reflect the original aims of the charity and respect the legacy of its founders while recognising the need to interpret ‘benevolent purposes’ within a modern day context in a meaningful way.
The Trust’s programme of grant giving encompasses six main areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Projects and Integration
  • Compassionate Support
  • Conservation and Environment
  • Education and Training
  • Research