About the Trust

The objects of the Charity are to support and promote studies of federal government whether within or among states, including studies of processes that may lead towards the establishment of such government, and to support or promote education and dissemination of knowledge of these subjects.

Federalism remains on the agenda both in the European Union and also as a possible solution to the awkwardness resulting from lop-sided devolution within the United Kingdom

The Trust is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission. John Pinder’s original intention was that it should have a relatively short life of about ten years as the capital was used and run down to achieve the objectives set out above. It has lasted much longer than originally expected due to astute investment and to favourable movements in the markets. Nevertheless it was expected  that it would be wound down around 2015 until the trust received a legacy from John Pinder which has given it new life.

The work we have supported over the past sixteen years is summarised on this website and we will be keeping the site updated with work in progress or planned.

Given that the Trust now has a longer planning horizon, the Trustees agreed to set up this website in March 2016 and we will be linking to other sites which are examining these issues. We welcome feedback and are happy to reply to messages. If you would like to support the work of the James Madison Charitable Trust, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Terry Bishop
James Madison Charitable Trust

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Open QuoteWhat spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?Close Quote

James Madison