The Robertson Trust was established in 1961 by the Robertson sisters Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel who donated the shares in their businesses, founded and developed by their grandfather and father, to the Trust for charitable purposes.
The sisters were among the first Trustees, serving for a combined total of 71 years and ensuring the Trust upheld the principles at the heart of the family: honesty, integrity and a willingness to help
people in need.
The family business now operates as the global company Edrington – one of Scotland’s largest private companies and owner of several well-known whisky brands. The sisters’ generosity enables the Trust to use the dividends from its controlling shareholding in Edrington for the benefit of Scotland’s people and communities.
The Robertson Trusts mission is to improve the quality of life and realising the potential of people and communities in Scotland, Robertson Trust focus on four high-level outcomes:
- improving outcomes for individuals and communities
- improving capacity of third sector organisations to deliver impact to their beneficiaries
- building and using evidence to inform policy and practice
- developing our own understanding of our role as a funder.
We do this by:
- funding and supporting charitable organisations of all sizes who are committed to achieving positive change for individuals and communities across Scotland (see Open Awards)
- building understanding of the root causes of problems and testing potential approaches and solutions (see Social Impact)
- supporting talented young people who may face barriers to education and development (see Scholarship)