The mission of The Royal Oak Foundation is to inspire Americans to learn about, experience and support places of great historic and natural significance in the United Kingdom in partnership with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Royal Oak members gain free entry to over 300 historic houses and gardens, access to some of Britain’s most dramatic countryside and over 700 miles of coastline owned by the National Trust. Historic properties range from the great former Tudor palace and Sackville family seat of Knole to Winston Churchill’s Chartwell and the boyhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Countryside areas include significant parts of both the Lake and Peak Districts as well as Wales’ Snowdonia region, East Anglia’s Wicken Fen and the South Downs. Coastal areas under the Trust’s protection include the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, Cornwall’s rocky shores, and the sweeping sands of Norfolk.
In the United States, Royal Oak offers a wide range of programs and activities focused on the National Trust, British art and architecture, fine & decorative arts, gardens, history, as well as conservation and historic preservation. These tours and day trips, as well as our Drue Heinz Lectures, are offered in cities across the U.S.
Royal Oak also hosts annual special events, such as its annual fundraiser, the Timeless Design Gala, honoring patrons of the arts and design fields, and the acclaimed Seeds For Thought garden lectures.
As an independent American not-for-profit organization, Royal Oak fundraises for National Trust priorities and offers Americans a tax-deduction for their contributions and membership dues. To date, the Foundation has raised and granted over $7.5 million to support the work of the National Trust. Projects range from the acquisition of important coastline, to restoring historic houses, to helping re-acquire works of art separated from their original properties. Royal Oak also sponsors selected Fellowships and Scholarships for Americans who wish to learn more about the National Trust and the rich heritage of Great Britain.
The Royal Oak Foundation’s grant-making and educational programs are made possible by membership dues, special events, and your generous contributions. We thank our supporters and encourage you to join them.