Founding Partners

The EEF was founded in 2011 by The Sutton Trust, as lead charity in partnership with Impetus, with a founding grant of £125 million from the Department for Education.

The Sutton Trust was founded by Sir Peter Lampl in 1997. It is a foundation which improves social mobility in the UK through evidence-based programmes, research and policy advocacy. From early years’ through school, college and university to the workplace, we work to combat educational inequality and prevent the subsequent waste of talent. The Trust is concerned with breaking the link between educational opportunities and family background, so that young people are given the chance to fulfil their potential, regardless of their family background, school or where they live.

Impetus transforms the lives of 11-24 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds by ensuring they get the support they need to succeed in education, find and keep jobs, and achieve their potential. It finds the most promising charities and social enterprises that work with these young people. It helps them become highly effective organisations that transform lives; then it helps them expand significantly so as to dramatically increase the number of young people they serve.