Becoming a Patron

The Orwell Foundation is the official charity promoting the work and values of George Orwell (1903-1950). We are immensely grateful to our Founding Patron and longstanding benefactor Richard Blair, George Orwell’s adopted son.

To support our goals and extend our work, we are building a community of supporters in the UK and internationally. By becoming a Patron, you can help to ensure that the future of our essential work, and therefore the legacy of George Orwell, lives on.


Patrons of the Orwell Foundation receive access to exciting opportunities to take part in strengthening George Orwell’s influence and impact, including exclusive Patrons events.

In addition to the benefits listed below, all Patrons receive:

  • Complimentary tickets to Foundation events for themselves and one guest.
  • A unique anthology of writing and reporting from our Prize-winning writers and journalists.
  • Personalised acknowledgement on our website and in our annual report.

Patrons donating £1,500 p.a. ($1,500 international) receive all the above, plus
• A Folio copy of a book by George Orwell and annual copies of our prize-winning books.

Patrons donating £5,000 p.a. ($5,000 international) also receive
• A bespoke guided tour of the Orwell Archive for you and up to five guests.
• Annual copies of our prize-winning books.
• Invitations to exclusive receptions at our awards ceremonies and Youth Prize events, with a chance to meet past prize winners, Orwell Council members, trustees and other Orwell Foundation patrons.

Patrons donating £10,000 p.a., or £15,000 joint patrons ($10,000 / $15,000 international) receive all the above, plus
• A Folio copy of a book by George Orwell, signed by Richard Blair.
• Early knowledge of our future plans and the chance to feedback on our work.
• Assistance to curate a unique tour of Orwell-relevant sites in the UK, with access to discussions with Orwell experts.

Life Patronage: £100,000 or £150,000 joint ($100,000 / $150,000 international)
• Orwell Foundation Life Patrons receive all the benefits listed above, as well as opportunities to attend and host events attended by Prize winners, Foundation staff, trustees, and members of the Orwell Foundation Council.

Though the Orwell Foundation is based in the United Kingdom, George Orwell’s legacy is global. Become a Patron now or significantly contribute to our global impact by becoming an International Patron.