Plunkett Foundation

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"On 13 January 1919, Plunkett wrote again, “Founded the Horace Plunkett Foundation with a first endowment of £5,000 and made it the recipient of a provision in my will.” So the Plunkett Foundation, or rather the Horace Plunkett Foundation, as it was then known, was formed. But for the first five years of its existence the trustees moved cautiously, ­ partly because they had yet to find a role for the Foundation and partly because the initial endowment was not large enough to employ full-time staff or provide a permanent office. Instead interest on the fund was used carefully to promote courses and studies on co-operative and rural sociology subjects in England and Ireland...

"The Plunkett Foundation today is best know for its work helping rural communities to set up and run a range of community-owned co-operatives, including community shops, co-operative pubs and community food enterprises. In 2012 the Plunkett Foundation won the Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year Award for England at the Social Enterprise Awards. Plunkett was also highly commended in the UK awards."[1]


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  1. Plunkett Foundation History, organizational web page, accessed December 16, 2013.
  2. Plunkett Foundation Trustees, organizational web page, accessed December 16, 2013.