The British Schools and Universities Foundation is a charitable organization in its seventh decade of service.


In the 1950s, a dedicated group began to build the vision for BSUF: an organization that could support the growing need for British Commonwealth educational institutions to encourage participation in their fundraising campaigns by alumni and friends who pay US taxes and to whom tax-efficient giving is important.

Read more about our founders and history.


Board of Directors

Many of our Directors attended school or university at British or British Commonwealth institutions. These are indicated in italics below.

David Lipson

Executive Vice President and Director of Studley, Inc.
Christ Church, Oxford

John W. Curtis
Senior Counsel (retired), Goldman, Sachs & Co
Christ Church, Oxford

The Reverend James G. Callaway DD
General Secretary, Colleges & Universities of the Anglican Communion

Robert Garson
Vice President, Legal and General Counsel

Partner,  Garson Segal Steinmetz & Fladgate
Manchester Grammar School, University of Manchester, City University, London

Laura Hickey
British Deputy Consul-General, New York
City of London School for Girls; St. Peter’s College, Oxford

Michael Findlay
Director, Acquavella Galleries— New York City
St. George's College, Weybridge

Roger Martin
President Emeritus, Randolph-Macon College
New College, Edinburgh; Lincoln College, Oxford

Michael Moore
Chief Operating Officer, Tembo, Inc.

Sara Kendrick Moose

Sales Associate, Halstead Property
Lancaster University

Kate Perkins
Diplomatic Liaison for Embassy of Australia
University of York

Daniel O'Day, Jr.
Vice President, Scholarships

Emeritus Professor of English, Kean University
Eastbourne College, Sussex; Oriel College, Oxford

Patrick M. Russell

Administrator, Park Nursing Home— New York City
Downside School, Bath

Allerton G. Smith
Senior Director, Moody's Analytics  

Stephen Storen
Retired Managing Director, Bank of New York Mellon

John G. Stiller
Vice President, Institutions

Management Consultant
Stonyhurst College, Lancashire

Meg Towle
Chief Strategy Officer, Tembo, Inc.
London School of Economics; Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

David W. Webber
Vice President, Communications

President and Founder, DM Systems
Lord Wandsworth College, Hampshire; FitzwilliamCollege, Cambridge

Charles S. Whitman III
Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Trinity College, Cambridge


Simon Jones
Director of Development, Manchester Grammar School


Rosalind C. Benedict, Former Secretary
Writer and Consultant
Bryn-y-Pys Hall, Wales

Scott Bushey, Former Chair
Executive Director (retired), USLIFE Corporation

Fletcher Hodges III
President, Hodges Capital Management, Inc.
Chigwell School, Essex

Jay H. McDowell
Senior Counsel, Withers Bergman
Eastbourne College, Sussex

Frank J. Opray
Fundraising Consultant
Wesley College, Melbourne (Australia); Queens College, University of Melbourne

Antony Phillipson
British Consul-General, New York
Director General of International Trade North America and Trade Commissioner for North America
Keeble College, Oxford

Sheila Wiltshire, OBE
Headmistress (retired)
Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Hertfordshire
London School of Economics; Newnham College,Cambridge


Nick Priestnall
Foundation Appeal Director
Mill Hill School


Roger Martin
British Schools and Universities Foundation

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Our Board Meetings

BSUF's Board of Directors meet quarterly to consider and vote upon institution applications and grant recommendations. Normally the Directors will approve grants equal to the sum of all donations with an expressed preference received since the previous Board Meeting. No one has authority to make advance commitments on the Directors’ behalf with respect to size and timing of grants.

Learn more about how we approve and process grants.

2019 Schedule

March 12, 2019

June 18, 2019*

September 10, 2019

December 10, 2019

2020 Schedule

March 10, 2020*

June 16, 2020

September 8, 2020

December 8, 2020

* Annual & regular meeting

Our History


In the 1950s, a dedicated group led by Thomas E. Ward, Sr. built a vision for the BSUF. The organization was formalized as a Membership Corporation in New York in 1961. The foundation was granted an Internal Revenue Service exemption certificate in 1964 through the persistent efforts of this founding group. 

During its formative years, BSUF benefited greatly from the guidance it received from its early Directors.  Sydney C. Waldecker, General Counsel and Chairman of the Executive Committee, led the Foundation through its earliest years, setting the standards by which BSUF operates today. Bruce F. E. Harvey played a key role as a versatile and tireless executive officer.  John F. Rich, Honorary Secretary, provided many valuable ideas and suggestions. Lionel A. deCastro provided much-needed financial expertise as the first Honorary Treasurer. Both Arthur Grundy and A. Denys Cadman, Vice Presidents, contributed greatly through their executive abilities.

The work of the founders was advanced further by Tom Ward, Jr., President from 1988 through 1991 and Chairman from 1992 through 1997, who still serves as an Honorary Director. With skillful guidance and inspiration from Tom Ward and Alan Root, his successor as President and Chairman, BSUF enjoyed many years of sustained growth and improved efficiency of operations.  Messrs. Ward and Root were succeeded by Scott Bushey and David Lipson, respectively, who emphasized computer-based, “user-friendly” administration and more interaction with other organizations promoting Anglo-American collaboration.  Dr. Roger H. Martin brings his broad experience as a college president, senior administrator and fund-raiser to his current role as Executive Director of the Foundation

In 1969, the Directors established the Thomas E. Ward Fund in memory of their first Chairman for inspiring and bringing about the formation of BSUF. Arthur Grundy was instrumental in securing the bequest that became the Richard A. and Kathleen B. May Memorial Fund in 1984.  A bequest from former Chairman Emeritus Alan C. Root in 2006 made possible the creation of a third memorial fund to be used for scholarship grants to U.K. scholars whose studies or research can only be pursued here in the U.S.


ALBERT H. GORDON (1901-2009)  

Among the most respected and inspiring of Wall Street’s business leaders for more than half a century, Al Gordon also served as a BSUF Director for 33 years.  After earning his Harvard MBA in 1925, he played a dominant role in restoring the iconic investment banking firm of Kidder, Peabody from bankruptcy to a position of industry leadership. Known for his exemplary lifestyle, integrity and philanthropic activity, Al was an intellectually keen and very generous contributor to the success of this Foundation. He was elected a Life Fellow of the BSUF in 2004. Albert died at the age of 107.

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THOMAS E. WARD, Jr. (1925-2013)

Tom worked at the Mene Grande Oil.Co., Standard Oil of California and for most of his career he was president of Oilfield Equipment Co., NYC. He traveled in the U.S. and abroad through work. He was also the U.S. Representative for the Eastern & General Syndicate, London, and assistant to the President of the Gas Co. of Vermont.

Tom had a long affiliation with the British Schools & Universities Foundation, which supports British schools and universities and the academic work of British and U.S. scholars, holding offices over the years as Secretary, President, and Chairman.


DENIS B. WOODFIELD (1933-2013)

After military service, Denis worked at Chase Manhattan Bank, General Electric, and Pan American World Airways as their director of Cash and Banking. Denis then spent twenty years at Johnson & Johnson in various financial functions, including Assistant Treasurer for Cash and Banking.  

Denis kept up his academic interests throughout his life. He published four books and for many years was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the British Schools and Universities Foundation. One of his proudest accomplishments was being elected an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln college, Oxford University, in 2012.

Statement of Purposes and Policies

(1) British Schools and Universities Foundation, Inc. has been approved by the United States Treasury Department as an exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) and is classified as a domestic charity as defined in Sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)vi) of the Code. An important facet of tax deductibility is based upon the following ruling of the US Internal Revenue Service "Contributions to a domestic charity ... which are solicited for a specific project for a foreign charity organization, are deductible under the section 170 of the Code ... where the domestic charity has reviewed and approved the project as being in furtherance of its own exempt purposes and has control and discretion as to the use of the contributions"

(2) The purpose of the Foundation is to make donations, gifts and contributions out of the income and/or assets of the Corporation to, or for the use of schools whether public or private, colleges whether sectarian or not, universities whether State or not, and educational, scientific or literary institutions of every kind or nature;

(3) The Foundation applies three criteria to the selection of educational, scientific or literary institutions to qualify for grants-in-aid:

  1. The applicant institution should be active in seeking financial support for specific projects which are clearly defined and documented.  Acceptability of these projects should be demonstrated by the efforts of its graduates, alumni and friends who compromise the institution's constituency in the United States.
  2. A non-American institution should have a demonstrable record of cooperation with the United States either by acceptance of American students or by collaboration with comparable institutions in the United States.
  3. The Foundation's grants-in-aid are limited to institutions in the United States and countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

 Additional Tax Details

BSUF's Federal Tax Identification Number is 13-6161189. 

Download BSUF's Tax Exemption Certificate.