Continuing the Princess' humanitarian work in the UK and overseas
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund was established within days of the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997, in response to the public donations that poured in to Kensington Palace.
The general public, community groups and companies donated some £34 million. £38 million was generously donated from sales of Sir Elton John and Polygram’s CD of Candle in the Wind ’97. A further £66 million was subsequently raised through investments, an eight-year programme of commercial partnerships, and proceeds from the exhibition, Diana: A Celebration, kindly donated by Lord Spencer.
Creating a lasting legacy
Diana, Princess of Wales was dedicated to helping improve the lives of the most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world. During her lifetime, the Princess gave her personal support to many humanitarian causes and spoke out on a wide range of often unpopular causes, using her high profile to raise both awareness and funds.
When the Fund was set up in 1997 as a grant-making charity, the aim was to create a lasting legacy to the Princess' humanitarian work. From the outset, the Fund was determined to remain a resolute and influential supporter of the people on the margins of society and of the charities that work alongside them.
By the time the Fund closed, it had awarded 727 grants to 471 organisations, and spent over £112 million on charitable causes. On 31 December 2012, the Fund closed as a staffed, operational organisation, having successfully completed its ambitious, time-limited programme of work aimed at improving the lives of the most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.
In March 2013 The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will take over the legal ownership of the Fund in order to safeguard both the Fund’s name and ensure any future income donated to the Fund is used for charitable work.
Donations and legacies can still be paid to the Fund after 31 March 2013. They will be transferred to the Foundation to support its important charitable work. The Fund’s operations remain fully closed in perpetuity, and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge does not continue the Fund’s grantmaking activities in any way. Click here for further information.