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Foundation 2020 - help us build a secure future and thrive for another 1,000 years.

The challenge

Durham Cathedral is one of the UK’s best-loved buildings. It connects people to their faith, their history, and to each other. However keeping our doors open to all brings unique challenges.

Each year we need to invest in building and landscape conservation programmes to safeguard the Cathedral for future generations.

The plan

We are developing a £10 million fund to support maintenance and repair work. This Endowment Fund will form a strong foundation to build for the future by maintaining, developing and enhancing the fabric of the Cathedral.

We also plan to train a new generation of talented crafts people such as masons, joiners and embroiderers to keep generations of tradition alive.

Doubling your money

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded us £1 million of potential match-funding. This matches any donation we raise 1:1, so every £1 donated is doubled. If you claim Gift Aid, this is doubled too.

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What is an endowment fund?

It's an investment fund funded entirely by donations. The principal amount invested, or capital, remains intact. However the income, or interest, released every year, can be used for projects.

The 2020 Club for businesses

Membership is £250 per year. This equates to £500 for us with National Lottery match funding. For this your company will receive:

  • News and updates about Foundation 2020
  • An invitation to the annual Patron Reception and Service
  • Annual Dunholm Magazine
  • 50% off annual pass for all exhibitions to Open Treasure
  • 10% off Cathedral Shop
  • 10% off Undercroft Restaurant
To join, please download and complete our 2020 Club member sign up form (PDF)
All of our current 2020 Club members can be found on our Thank You page.

Become a 2020 Patron

The cost of becoming a 2020 Patron is the same as our existing Patron memberships. The only difference is that the National Lottery Heritage Fund will match your donation and it goes solely to the Foundation 2020 fund.

Our 2020 Patrons receive all the benefits of Cathedral Patrons, such as discounts and private events. There are also additional bonuses of:

  • News and updates about Foundation 2020
  • Invitations to exclusive Foundation 2020 supporters’ events
To join as a Foundation 2020 Patron, please download and complete our 2020 Patron sign up form (PDF)

How to join Foundation 2020

To join the 2020 Club, as a 2020 Patron or Joint 2020 Patrons, please contact the Development Team on 0191 374 4079 or email

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Foundation 2020 film

Discover why our Foundation 2020 campaign is key to the long term success of Durham Cathedral, and how organisations like the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Durham's local Barclays branch are supporting the campaign.