Founded in Edinburgh in 1908, Baillie Gifford is an independent investment partnership with £206 billion* under management and advice for clients in the UK and throughout the world. As part of its sponsorship programme the firm supports a number of initiatives in the arts, academia, the environment and grassroots sport, as well as supporting a wide range of local charities.
In the literary world, Baillie Gifford sponsors a number of literary festivals, including principal sponsorship of Hay Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival and headline sponsorship of Borders Book Festival, Henley Literary Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival (with which it has been involved for over 15 years).
*as at 30 September 2019
The Blavatnik Family Foundation
The awards ceremony is generously hosted by the Blavatnik Family Foundation who are also supporting the new Baillie Gifford Prize podcast series.
The Blavatnik Family Foundation has supported the Baillie Gifford Prize since 2015, based on a shared vision of promoting ongoing exploration and independence of thought in literature. The Blavatnik Family Foundation is a non-for-profit organization established by British-American businessman and philanthropist Len Blavatnik. Globally, the Foundation has contributed more than $700 million to hundreds of scientific, educational, cultural and other charitable institutions.