Our independence

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The King's Fund is an independent charitable organisation. We pride ourselves on being trusted for the objectivity of our work and independence from vested interests, with the freedom to speak up and determine our own work programme.

Our independence is very important to us and we protect it in a number of ways.



The King's Fund is governed by a Board of Trustees who are accountable for our work and for ensuring our independence. The Board agrees our strategy, approves our budget (including the amount we can draw down from our endowment) and holds the senior management team to account for delivering our work programme. Read more about how we are governed and see our register of interests for our Trustees, committee members and senior staff.

Our published work

We retain full editorial control for all our published work and have rigorous processes in place to assure its quality, objectivity and independence. Read more about these arrangements.

Our funding

Our funding comes from a diverse range of sources. More than two-fifths of our funds are generated by our endowment – funds maintained and invested since our creation in 1897. This income guarantees a consistent stream of funding to support our charitable objectives, giving us a greater degree of independence than if we were more reliant on other sources of funding.

Our remaining income comes mainly from our leadership and organisational development services, commercial activities and income-generating charitable activities. All the proceeds from our income-generating work are used to support our charitable objectives. More details on our sources of income can be found here.

Working in partnership

We work in partnership with a range of organisations - for example, those who commission us to undertake research; those we work jointly with on policy projects; and our corporate partners and supporters. All our partnerships are governed by our ethical collaboration policy.