Second Century Founders

The Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with the Second Century Founders, John McCall MacBain O.C. and The Atlantic Philanthropies, as well as other generous benefactors.

The McCall MacBain Foundation


A grant-making organisation established by John and Marcy McCall MacBain, committed a lead donation of £75 million to the Rhodes Trust in 2013. It consists of a £25 million grant, a £25 million challenge/match donation, and a future £25 million to expand the Scholarships into new geographies. The gift, which was the largest since the establishment of the Scholarship in 1903, enables the Trust to continue to send future global leaders to the University of Oxford. John has also previously served as a Rhodes Trustee and on the Rhodes Development Committee.

McCall MacBain Donation

On 19th September 2013, the Rhodes Scholarship received a landmark donation from John and Marcy McCall MacBain and the McCall MacBain Foundation

The Atlantic Philanthropies


The Atlantic Philanthropies committed a lead donation of £75 million in 2016. It is an international, limited-life foundation established by entrepreneur Charles F. Feeney. The Rhodes Trust will work with an interconnected set of Atlantic Fellows programmes to create the Atlantic Institute, a central convening and knowledge-sharing hub for the global network of Atlantic Fellows.

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Christopher G. Oechsli, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Atlantic Philanthropies said: “From its inception, Atlantic has invested in people and in their vision and ability to realise a better world. In our final year of grantmaking, we are making our largest philanthropic investment ever, in people. Atlantic’s grant to the Rhodes Trust is one of a series of big bets to create an interconnected set of Atlantic Fellows programmes. Our vision for the Atlantic Fellows programmes is to connect and empower a new generation of people who are committed to working together, across disciplines and borders, to build fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies. The Rhodes Trust has built an unparalleled community of leaders with a commitment to serve others and better society. Their experience and their vision to amplify the impact of the existing network of Rhodes Scholars make them an ideal partner to connect and strengthen the new Atlantic Fellows programmes and their prospect for impact.