• The Spirit Foundation is a non-profit foundation established by the Kilbride family to give back and support education, communities, and wildlife projects.

  • “I have seen more natural talent, humility and ability in African scholars than I have in many English private schools.”

    Ian Kilbride

  • “If I am ever asked, ‘So what can I do?’ I answer, ‘Just go out and do some good’, because that is all we can ever hope to achieve!”

    Ian Kilbride
  • “When you have held a baby rhino in your arms, felt her pain and endured her sadness, something deep inside of you changes.”

    Jooles Kilbride


    As we mark our 30th anniversary in 2024, the Spirit Foundation stands tall, a beacon of generosity and compassion ignited three decades ago by the visionary Kilbride family. This year, we proudly celebrate three remarkable decades of unwavering dedication and transformative impact.

    Since our inception, the Spirit Foundation has been a catalyst for change, empowering scholars, communities and wildlife conservation, championing noble causes with unparalleled fervour. At the heart of our journey lies the Spirit Education Foundation (SEF), a cornerstone of opportunity that has guided scholars from underserved communities through their high school education, paving the way for a brighter future.

    Complementing SEF’s endeavours, the Spirit Community Foundation (SCF) has served as a vibrant hub of upliftment, embracing diverse initiatives beyond education and wildlife conservation. From grassroots community projects to initiatives fostering social justice and equality, SCF has been the driving force behind countless stories of empowerment and resilience.

    Not least of our foundations, the Spirit Wildlife Foundation (SWF) stands as a testament to our enduring commitment to conservation and stewardship of our planet’s precious biodiversity. For decades, SWF has led the charge in rescuing and rehabilitating endangered species, with a special focus on safeguarding the majestic rhinoceros and other endangered species from the brink of extinction.

    As we reflect on our journey, we are deeply rooted in gratitude for the humble beginnings that shaped our path. From a small town in Lancashire, England, to global outreach and impact, the Spirit Foundation’s legacy is a testament to the power of compassion and collective action. We acknowledge too, the invaluable support provided by our donors, large and small and from all walks of life.

    Join us as we celebrate 30 years of service, 30 years of hope, and 30 years of making a difference. Together, we continue to embody the spirit of generosity and community, lighting the way for a brighter tomorrow. If you would like to join in celebrating three decades of impact, and the many more years of inspiration and transformation ahead, take a tour of our website.

    The Spirit Education Foundation (SEF), educates scholars from previously disadvantaged communities, throughout their high school education.

    Apply for a scholarship now.

    The Spirit Community Foundation (SCF) houses a number of worthy causes supported by the Spirit Foundation.

    The Spirit Wildlife Foundation (SWF) supports the rescue and rehabilitation of endangered animal species and is particularly committed to the care of orphaned rhinos.

    Spirit Foundation Stories

    Spirit Education Foundation

    Spirit Community Foundation

    Spirit Wildlife Foundation

    Spirit Foundation Impact


    Years of schooling supplied to high school learners.


    Community projects.


    Rhino orphans we have rescued, continue to love and protect.


    Elephants we support to live in freedom.


    Days of Freedom per month for a white lion.