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The David Forbes-Nixon Family Charitable Foundation (DFN Foundation) is a commissioning charity committed to transforming life outcomes for people throughout the country.

With the DFN Foundation support, our partners influence sustainable change in special needs education, supported employment, healthcare and conservation. The partnership model is business led and outcome driven, creating transformational results with clear deliverables. From helping young people with special needs through education and into full-time employment, to advancing Myeloma research or supporting Pangolin conservation, the DFN Foundation is passionately committed to making our society a more environmentally conscious and inclusive place for all.

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In 2014, I established the David Forbes-Nixon Family Charitable Foundation (DFN Foundation), inspired by two of my heroes: my youngest son Charlie who has learning and physical disabilities; and my mother Jacquelin Forbes-Nixon who died of multiple myeloma, an incurable bone marrow cancer. The focus was on supporting education and employment opportunities for young disabled people; and finding a cure for multiple myeloma. After forming a high-quality board of trustees, we agreed to focus on education, employment, healthcare and wildlife conservation.

- David Forbes-Nixon

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Creating world-class special needs education

We have invested £7.5million in creating a world class special needs school at Undershaw, which is providing world-class special needs facilities, supporting pupils to reach their full potential in life. We are the commissioner of one of the UK’s largest Social Impact Bonds; together with ThinkForward we created the DFN MoveForward programme. This is an innovative education-based employability skills strategy that support students with special needs by providing individualised coaching, creating ready for work opportunities whilst promoting greater employer awareness and engagement.

Helping young people with learning disabilities get great jobs

We are transforming the lives of young people with learning disabilities through our collaboration with DFN Project SEARCH. This transition to work programme is making a huge impact, running over 140 programmes throughout the UK, having supported more than 2,200 young people into full-time paid work.

Funding innovative myeloma research

We are making a significant contribution in health by funding a five year myeloma research programme at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. Under the leadership of Dr Martin Kaiser, we hope to understand the genetic factors that are responsible for the progression of myeloma cancer and then with this knowledge, work towards optimum treatment plans.

Supporting conservationists in saving the British Butterfly

We are helping to save the British Butterfly and have been announced as the official sponsor of the Big Butterfly Count 2021-2024, the world's largest butterfly survey. This data will support conservationists to protect butterflies from extinction and also understand the effect of climate change of wildlife.


Our registered office: Fivefields, 8-10 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0DH

Phone: 02034323402info@dfnfoundation.org

Our registered office is:
Fivefields, 8-10 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0DH

The DFN Charitable Foundation currently has sizeable commitments
and is not accepting grant applications.

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Please find our certificate from the Charities Commission here.