The Institute of Imagination is a charity creating space for children to re-imagine the world. Our goal is to spark imaginations everywhere and encourage creative learning through our events, training, partnerships and research. We are a UK registered charity that relies entirely on voluntary donations to fund everything we do. Quite simply, we would not exist without the generous support of our funders.

From the first mark on a cave wall to the first footsteps on the Moon, our greatest developments have begun with leaps of someone’s imagination. We believe imagination is a vital human resource and that it needs space to thrive. Our activities provide that much needed space.

We run events for children, families, schools and educators from our current home, the Imagination Lab in London, and beyond. Find out about upcoming activities on our what’s on page.

We champion new ways to develop future generations of makers, not just consumers. At the heart of this, is the need for a public space that prioritises imagination. Our mission is to realise that public space and our permanent home – the Institute of Imagination Campus. Find out more about our mission and approach here.

If you would like to play a part in helping children to develop the skills they will need for an uncertain future, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Jennifer Coleman, Director of Development and Communications at or telephone on 020 7494 9153.

become an imagineer

By becoming an Imagineer, you will join forward thinking group of individuals and organisations who believe in the power of imagination and are committed to investing in the future of our children.

There is a range of ways you can support the Institute of Imagination. We would love to work with you to find how you can make a real difference for children and families, in a way that means something to you.

All our Imagineers receive key updates about our work and tailored benefits. Our Imagineer levels are:

– Visionaries £100,000 +
– Pioneers £50,000 – £99,000
– Innovators £25,000 – £49,000
– Inventors £10,000 – £24,999
– Creators £5,000 – £9,999
– Makers £1,000 – £4,999

Please click below to find out more:
individual philanthropy
trusts and foundations
corporate partnerships

individual philanthropy

We have the experience and expertise to make a real and lasting difference to the children and families we work with. However, none of this is possible without the generosity of our supporters.

If you are thinking about making a gift towards the Institute of Imagination, we would love to work with you to develop bespoke funding opportunities that will help you achieve your philanthropic goals.

However you choose to support us, we promise to keep you regularly updated on our work as well as offering you unique opportunities to see your support in action, whether at our Imagination Lab, or at one of our Imagination Pod workshops within schools and the wider community.

Please contact Jennifer Coleman, Director of Development and Communications, at for more information.

trusts and foundations

Whether your organisation is focused on children and young people, education, informal learning, families, high need/at risk audiences, culture, STEM or the arts we will have a project that meet your funding objectives.

We hope that you will consider investing in the Institute of Imagination. If so, our experienced team will work with you to identify our shared goals and deliver the information you need to make an informed decision.

Once you have joined our family of Imagineers we would look forward to keeping you updated on the impact your gift has made, as well as discussing the different ways we can acknowledge and recognise your support.

Please contact Jennifer Coleman, Director of Development and Communications, at to find out more about the ways in which you can help imaginations to thrive.

corporate partnerships

At the Institute of Imagination we champion new ways of working and we like to do things differently. We have already worked with a range of organisations to develop unique and innovative partnerships. The key principle that underlines all our corporate relationships is collaboration. We seek to work with organisations in a meaningful way, drawing more that just financial support and building genuinely strategic partnerships.

By partnering with us, you will be helping children to develop the creative and imaginative skills they will need for the future. Your dedicated account manager would work to identify other relevant opportunities for you, such as:

– Volunteering opportunities
– Increased brand awareness
– Audience engagement
– Content development
– Staff engagement
– Research delivery


We look forward to developing a bespoke partnership with you; please contact Jennifer Coleman at if you would like to explore how we could work together in the future.

  • ioi supporters

    “Occasionally in life we are reminded that the old lessons need re-learning in the modern world. The Trust has supported the Institute of Imagination precisely because it affords children the priceless and wonderful opportunity of using their imagination and of just enjoying being children.”

    The Charles Skey Charitable Trust

  • ioi supporters

    “Good research tells us that if families are involved in their children’s learning, then those children are much more likely to be successful. We have donated to Institute of Imagination because we like their family approach and because we know that children’s education is an investment that can pay back handsomely to society, over many generations.”

    Jonathan Drori CBE, Chairman, The H. H. Wingate Foundation

we believe imagination matters. do you?

Together we can create space for children to re-imagine the world.
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