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The Art of Giving

More than six centuries ago a group of merchants came together to promote their trade in woollen cloth in the City of London. As their guild and fellowship grew, they made philanthropy part of the plan.

Today, the Drapers’ Company has evolved from a trade association into a grant-giving body. We are still a fellowship but now we attract people from all trades and professions, people who find delight, purpose and companionship in serving others. Our members join us to help causes they believe in, to share their expertise, and to build on centuries of experience of the art of giving.

We look after trusts left in our care and manage our investments so that we can confidently make long-term commitments to our charity partners.

Essential human need –  the provision of food, clothes, shelter, education and hope –  is always our priority.

Welcome to the Drapers’ Company, one of the City of London’s Livery companies. As a philanthropic institution, we have interests across a range of charitable areas, with a particular focus on education, prisoner rehabilitation and older people’s care. We encourage our members to get involved as volunteers when and where they can. We hope our website will give you a good feel for what we are about, and the variety of organisations we support and work with.

David Chalk
Master of the Drapers’ Company, 2021-22
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