The Courtauld Annual Fund launches

The Courtauld’s ability to provide an outstanding education in the history of art and architecture and conservation relies on our financial well-being. We are now dependent on philanthropic gifts to provide 32% of our £10m budget, with the government providing just 36% of our budget and tuition fees 20%. In addition to philanthropic contributions made through endowment income and major grants, each year The Courtauld must find almost £700,000 in annual donations – indeed this figure will increase each year if we are to deliver the highest standards.

In our 75th anniversary year and with the help and advice of the Annual Giving Committee, made up of faculty, alumni, current students, parents and friends, we have developed The Courtauld Annual Fund. This programme will provide essential annual support for the operating budget that is vital to the day to day life of The Courtauld. Donors can give at any level at which they feel comfortable. Their generosity will be acknowledged annually in the newsletter.

Our goal is to encourage the widest possible support for The Courtauld Annual Fund. We are delighted to announce that an anonymous donor has pledged to match every donation in the first year on a pound for pound basis in order to encourage participation at the launch of the Fund. This is a great boost to the programme and we extend our warmest thanks for this most generous initiative.

Our thanks also go to the Annual Giving Committee members and Chairman Lucia Halpern. Their commitment and advice has been invaluable. Members contributed in a number of ways, from developing the programme, and in some cases to the brochure itself, through to providing personal endorsements and our first donations. We also extend our thanks to those students who were prepared to be photographed for the brochure.

The programme is being introduced over the coming months. We look forward to reporting on progress in the next newsletter.

Emma Davidson, Director of Development

For information on The Courtauld Annual Fund or to donate on line visit or contact Jemma Tabraham, Head of Individual Giving Programmes: 020 7848 2194

The Courtauld Annual Fund brochure cover


Samuel Courtauld Society

The first year of the new higher level membership programme, The Samuel Courtauld Society, is going from strength to strength. Many new members have been attracted through special events in the Gallery and Prints & Drawings Room, such as Dr Ernst Vegelin’s talk on the life of Rubens and Dr David Solkin’s talk on his detective work in relation to Portrait of Mrs Gainsborough by Thomas Gainsborough.

A year ago The Courtauld had just over 20 Patrons and 10 Associates. The current membership stands at: 9 Director’s Circle members; 63 Patrons’ Circle members; and 22 Associate members. The First Anniversary Party for the members of the Samuel Courtauld Society was held in April. By the end of this academic year we intend to reach our goal of 75 Patrons’ Circle members in celebration of our 75th Anniversary year. You can help us find our last twelve Patrons by telling your friends about this new programme and its benefits which is both fascinating and fun!


Some samuel Courtauld Society forthcoming events

Gardens of Spencers
Saturday 7 June
A visit to the glorious gardens of Spencers, former home of the explorer August Courtauld and the politician Rt Hon R A Butler. Spencers was bought in 1937 by August Courtauld and his wife Mollie. August took part in a number of expeditions to the Arctic. He was second cousin once removed of Samuel Courtauld.

Spencers, Great Yeldham, Essex, Garden

Art & Architecture Trip to Warsaw
Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 October
The Society’s first art and architecture trip to Warsaw will be accompanied by The Courtauld’s Professor Paul Crossley and Dr Jerzy Keirkuc-Bielinski, Courtauld alumnus and Curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum, who will be taking the group to hidden corners in this extraordinary city.

Warsaw, St John’s Cathedral, 16th century, Façade

For more information about benefits and if you would like to help by joining the Samuel Courtauld Society, then please do contact Jemma Tabraham, Head of Individual Giving Programmes: 020 7848 2194