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Major gifts from philanthropists, trusts and foundations transform the lives of people seeking safety.

We welcome opportunities to develop relationships with others who share our vision to empower refugees and people seeking asylum to rebuild their lives and realise their potential.

Speak with our expert team about making a major gift.


A message from our chair

I am enormously proud to be Chair of dynamic, courageous Refugee Action. Its impact is wide reaching - In addition to directly helping thousands of people each year through our frontline services, Refugee Action also focuses on tackling the root causes of the problems refugees and people seeking asylum face. Every bit of our work and success is only possible with our partners, supporters and funders.

We have achieved and learnt so much from working together with philanthropists and trusts to build strategic programmes that have had significant impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the UK.

Penny LawrenceChair of Trustees

The lives you could change

When I arrived, I didn’t know anything, I started from zero; you showed me how to use the kettle to help us make a cup of tea.

I have never met workers like the people at Refugee Action. They support people from different countries and different cultures, introducing us to everything.

My basic understanding of the system in the UK started with Refugee Action, and everything I know about this country I learned from them. I can’t tell you how grateful I feel.

BonheurRefugee from Congo and Burundi

What our supporters say

Refugee Action helps and supports refugees and asylum seekers who are often destitute and vulnerable. It measures the impact of its services and provides good value for money. It believes in early intervention thus preventing crises at a later stage.

James CochraneKey Refugee Action Supporter

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is proud to support Refugee Action to stand up for people seeking asylum in the UK. Supporting the core running costs of organisations like Refugee Action is key to making a difference for those who have experienced real hardship and danger, and have the right to safety and better treatment.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Get in touch

Find out more about making major gifts and partnering with Refugee Action by emailing Gemma Masingiri from our Philanthropy and Partnerships team.