The Foyle Foundation was formed to implement the terms of the will of the late Christina Foyle. She was the daughter of William Foyle who, with his brother, founded the family owned bookshop Foyles in Charing Cross Road, London, which she continued to manage after her father's death.
The Foyle Foundation was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in May 2000 No. 4006216 and was registered as a charity in July 2000 No. 1081766. The Foundation became fully operational in its Rugby Street offices in the Autumn of 2001.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees who meet regularly throughout the year to consider applications and make decisions on grants. The Trustees are Michael Smith, Roy Amlot, Sir Peter Duffell, Dame Vikki Heywood and Jamie Korner. The Chairman of the Board is Michael Smith. The Foundation's Chief Executive is David Hall.