Reuben Foundation

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Reuben Foundation
Reuben Foundation Logo.jpg
Formation 2002; 15 years ago (2002)
Founder David and Simon Reuben
Registration no. 1094130
Legal status Registered
Purpose Charitable
Headquarters Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London SW1P 4PQ
England; Wales; Israel; the United States; Canada; Greece
Fields Global healthcare and education
Owner Reuben Family
Lisa Reuben[1]
Revenue (2015)
GB£4.6 million[2]
Disbursements GB£2 million (in 2015)[2]
Endowment US$100 million (in 2002)[3]

The Reuben Foundation is a private foundation established in the United Kingdom created to channel the charitable giving of the Reuben family and David and Simon Reuben. The Foundation supports a range of charitable causes, from long-term funding of projects to individual charitable donations, with a focus on the global advancement of healthcare and education. Formed in 2002 as the Reuben Brothers Foundation with an initial endowment of US$100 million, grants are made by invitation only and on the approval of the Trustees.

The Reuben Foundation is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales and operates in the United Kingdom, Canada, Israel, the United States and Greece.[4]


The Reuben Scholarship Programme[edit]

In 2012 the Reuben Foundation launched the Reuben Scholarship Programme with a multi-million pound endowment. The programme was formed to provide financial support to bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds allowing them to benefit from the opportunity of higher education. The Reuben Scholarship Programme is in partnership with the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, UCL and Ark Schools. Ark is an education charity that strives to make sure that all children, regardless of their background, have access to a great education. They run a network of 35 schools in the UK, each with its own distinctive character reflecting the needs of the local communities.

The Reuben Scholarship programme has created over 175 Reuben Scholars, each funded for the full duration of their course.

In 2017 the Reuben Foundation expanded the Reuben Scholarship Programme to include postgraduate students. Reuben Graduate Scholarships are awarded to enable outstanding Masters’ and PhD students from Israel to gain a postgraduate degree at either the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. Again, the Reuben Graduate Scholarships are for the full duration of each course, with an additional contribution per annum towards international travel and research.[5]

Other contributions to education[edit]

In 2013 the Reuben Foundation funded the establishment of The Reuben Business Faculty at Oxford Spires Academy, a local school that offer an education to boys and girls aged 11 to 19. The building provides students with the opportunity to learn about the business world and widen their educational experience.[6]

In 2011 the Reuben Foundation funded The Reuben Foundation Impact Scholarships in partnership with UK Friends of the Association for Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (UK AWIS). The programme ran for 5 years and offered discharged combat unit soldiers from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity of pursuing higher educational goals.

Also in 2011, the Reuben Foundation provided funding for the construction of a new two-storey building at the Shree Bal Mandir Lower Secondary School in Nepal. The new building, named after the Reuben Foundation, provides four additional classrooms with each classroom accommodating 45 students. The donation was in partnership with Room to Read, the children’s education charity, who have pioneered girls’ education in Nepal.


Reuben Foundation Centre for Paedeatric Virology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London[edit]

The Reuben Foundation created a new Centre for Paediatric Virology at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The Reuben Foundation’s establishment of the Centre for Paediatric Virology at the Hospital and the Institute for Child Health will help improve the understanding of viral infections, identify areas of critical patient need, and serve to translate immediately the results of current virus research into clinical practice.[7]

The Reuben Foundation Children's Cancer at Great Ormond Street Hospital[edit]

The Reuben Foundation Children’s Cancer at Great Ormond Street Hospital opened in 2008, enabling the Hospital to become the largest centre for paediatric cancer treatment in Europe and one of the top three largest centres in the world. The Reuben Foundation Children’s Cancer Centre provides a new Daycare Centre, Outpatient Department and three inpatient wards situated within Great Ormond Street Hospital.[8]

The Reuben Foundation Imaging Centre at The Royal Marsden Hospital, London[edit]

The Reuben Foundation made a multi-million pound donation towards a new cancer Imaging Centre at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea.

The new Reuben Foundation Imaging Centre opened to patients in 2014 and was officially opened in May 2015 by Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England. The centre now provides a specialist medical unit designed for the fast, thorough and accurate diagnosis of suspected cancers and other conditions, with new and increased numbers of state-of-the-art scanning machinery. It is one of the most advanced units of its kind in the UK.[9]

Comprehensive Breast Health Centres, Israel[edit]

In March 2005 the Reuben Foundation opened a Comprehensive Breast Health Centre in the presence of the wife of the President of the State of Israel. In 2008 the Reuben Foundation opened another cancer clinic at the Linn Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, in the presence of the late Shimon Peres; the centre services all sectors of Israeli society.

Other contributions to health[edit]

The Reuben Foundation supported the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) by providing significant funding for Jack Berry House in North Yorkshire, the IJF’s second respite and rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys, officially opened in June 2015 by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.[10]


The Reuben Foundation Wing at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith[edit]

(visited by the then Mayor of London)

The Reuben Foundation has provided the principal funding to construct The Reuben Foundation Wing at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, creating a major new extension for the famous London theatre. The Reuben Foundation Wing at the Lyric Theatre is a two-storey extension offering a range of brand new facilities to provide thousands more young people with opportunities to engage with, learn about and gain experience of different aspects of the creative industries.[11]

BFI Reuben Library[edit]

The Reuben Foundation provided the principal funding to construct the BFI Reuben Library within BFI Southbank, the British Film Institute’s flagship venue in London. The BFI Reuben Library provides information on film, television and, increasingly, new media. Its priority is comprehensive coverage of the moving image in Britain from pre-cinema to the present, but the scope of the collection is international with material held in more than 15 languages. The BFI Reuben library was opened in its new South Bank home in September 2012 in an event attended by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.[12]

Other contributions to community[edit]

In November 2016 the Reuben Foundation were the Headline Sponsor of the Centrepoint at the Palace Gala, held in the presence of HRH the Duke of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Centrepoint provides homeless young people with a safe place to stay and vital support with health and education. Debra Reuben, wife of David Reuben, is a Founder of the Centrepoint Circle Club.[13]

The Reuben Foundation was a Gold Circle Sponsor of the 2016 Humanitarian Award Dinner, held by the Simon Wiesenthal Center at the Waldorf Astoria in New York in November 2016.

The Reuben Foundation was the principal sponsor of a Gala Dinner in May 2016 to mark the 175th Anniversary of The London Library.

In September 2015 the Reuben Foundation were Sole Sponsors of the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) Annual Dinner, held at Grosvenor House in London, and attended by over 800 guests. The event raised money for UJIA’s vital programmes and projects in the UK and Israel.

The Reuben Foundation provided a contribution towards the Imperial War Museum’s major art exhibition, Truth and Memory, in order to support the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary art initiative. This was opened in July 2014 by HRH the Duke of Cambridge and David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the UK.[14]

In 2012 the Clinton Foundation held its first event in London, in collaboration with The Reuben Foundation.[15]

In 2011 the Reuben Foundation, in partnership with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and under the strategic help of Michael Bloomberg, launched Team London, which gave voluntary sector grants and aimed to encourage volunteering in the capital. The Reuben Foundation funded a significant proportion of the total grants and within 12 months circa 19,000 volunteers from Team London had donated 250,000 hours of free time to help boost literacy, skills and green projects in the capital.[16] In 2010 the Reuben Foundation together with Virgin Unite launched 'The Haiti Project' which raised substantial funds for the hurricane relief effort following the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti.


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  14. ^ "Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War" (PDF) (Press release). Imperial War Museums. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "A Night Out With The Millennium Network" (Press release). Clinton Foundation. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Launch of Team London". Age UK. London. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 

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