The Rothschild family has a long tradition of philanthropy, starting with Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812) and his five sons. From the very beginning their philanthropy was concerned with ensuring equal opportunities for disadvantaged groups across Europe. Other areas of support have included health care, housing and education. The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, established by Lord Rothschild in 2000, continues this philanthropic tradition and during the last ten years, we have supported a range of educational, cultural, heritage and community-based initiatives in over 40 European countries. Now chaired by Sir Victor Blank, the Foundation is currently focusing our activities in academic Jewish studies and Jewish heritage.