Fran Perrin is the Founder and Director of the Indigo Trust which she established in 1999. It is one of the 18 Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, of whom Fran is one of the fifth generation. The Indigo Trust is a UK-based grant making foundation that works to create a world of active, informed citizens and responsive, accountable governments that together drive positive change in society. Indigo funds primarily in sub-Saharan African countries.
Fran is also co-founder and Chair of the Board of 360Giving, a campaign which supports grant-makers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant-making more effective. She was formerly an adviser at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the UK Cabinet Office. In the past, she has also served as a Chair of the Board of Publish What You Fund and has been a member of DfID’s International Development Sector Transparency Panel. In 2012, Fran was named Philanthropist of the Year by Spears and in 2016 jointly received the Open Data Institute’s first ‘Women in Data’ award from Sir Tim Berners-Lee for her role in 360 Giving. In 2021, Fran was awarded the Lifetime Contribution to Philanthropy by Global Philanthropic.