The York Minster Fund was formed in 1967 during the cathedral’s hour of need, when emergency excavations revealed integral weaknesses and crumbling foundations beneath the Central Tower, leaving it in danger of collapse.
The fund was established as a charitable foundation by Roger, Earl of Scarbrough, on the 3 April 1967, with its first task to raise funds for work to underpin the tower.
Since 2007 the Fund has been the leading fundraising body for the cathedral, supporting the work of conservation, restoration and development of York Minster by raising on average £1m each year.
Recent projects include York Minster Revealed, a five year £20m initiative completed in 2016 supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the Great East Window and open the cathedral to new audiences.
It is currently raising funds to restore the South Quire Aisle, which will require £11m over the next 11 years.