FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give

Martin Jones director of grants and programmes at the City Parochial Foundation and director of Trust for London, two London-based grant-giving organisations.

Approximately how much do you give per year?

The City Parochial Foundation gives £4-£5 million a year. Trust For London, which was set up with £10 million on the demise of the Greater London Council in 1986, gives out £750,000 annually.

Are there any particular causes or organisations you support?

Trust for London supports small emerging organisations in the capital, which have to be charitable in nature but not necessarily registered charities.

The City Parochial Foundation was set up in 1891 to address the problem of poverty - but what was defined as poverty has changed. Now we aim to help people who for whatever reason, are socially, culturally, spiritually, environmentally, or financially disadvantaged.

Do you consider approaches from organisations?

Yes, we suggest organisations log on to our web site (www.cityparochial.org.uk) where you will see the guidelines and can download them.

What is the most annoying thing about being approached?

Lack of planning. Sometimes applicants write to me a few days before the grants deadline. But if they want to get in, groups need to start the process three months in advance.

What information do you like to have available about organisations or projects you support?

What they plan to do and why. How they know their project is needed.

How they are going to deliver it. The whole picture of what the organisation is about.

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