The Wood Foundation is committed to empowering transformational change through economic, education, and societal investments.

Its varied portfolio of work focusses on three key strands: Venture philanthropy transforming livelihoods in Sub Saharan Africa, developing young people in Scotland, and facilitating economic development in Scotland.

The Wood Foundation proactively identifies opportunities to develop and deliver innovative investments and programmes which, through venture philanthropic principles, achieve transformational and sustainable impact.

The Wood Foundation was established in 2007 by its Executive Chairman Sir Ian Wood KT GBE and his immediate family.

The Wood Foundation proactively identifies opportunities to develop and deliver innovative investments and programmes which, through venture philanthropic principles, achieve transformational and sustainable impact.

The Wood Foundation was established in 2007 by its Executive Chairman Sir Ian Wood KT GBE and his immediate family.

Latest News & Views

Excelerate end of year reflections

June 30th, 2022|

Georgea Hughes, Programmes Director, and Gayle Duffus, Education Director, at The Wood Foundation share their reflections on the growth and journey of the system change Excelerate investment in 2021/22. Georgea [...]

YPI end of year reflections

June 29th, 2022|

As the 2021/22 academic year draws to a close, our central YPI team reflects on the challenges and achievements of the year, and the renewed ambition as we look forward to the new [...]

RAiSE end of year reflections

June 29th, 2022|

Laura McCafferty, National Education Officer for RAiSE, reflects on some highlights from the 2021/22 academic year and ambition for the programme’s continued growth and impact. “I cannot believe we are [...]

YPI National Event returns

June 16th, 2022|

The largest gathering of pupils from across Scotland has returned after a three-year hiatus, addressing issues such as mental health, bereavement, and domestic abuse. More than 700 young people involved [...]

Excelerate end of year reflections

June 30th, 2022|

Georgea Hughes, Programmes Director, and Gayle Duffus, Education Director, at The Wood Foundation share their reflections on the growth and journey of the system change Excelerate investment in 2021/22. Georgea [...]

YPI end of year reflections

June 29th, 2022|

As the 2021/22 academic year draws to a close, our central YPI team reflects on the challenges and achievements of the year, and the renewed ambition as we look forward to the new [...]

RAiSE end of year reflections

June 29th, 2022|

Laura McCafferty, National Education Officer for RAiSE, reflects on some highlights from the 2021/22 academic year and ambition for the programme’s continued growth and impact. “I cannot believe we are [...]

YPI National Event returns

June 16th, 2022|

The largest gathering of pupils from across Scotland has returned after a three-year hiatus, addressing issues such as mental health, bereavement, and domestic abuse. More than 700 young people involved [...]