Grant-making 'is totally wasteful'

Nathalie Thomas

Grant-making trusts are aloof and have arcane practices, a trustee of a grant-making trust has admitted.

John Bothamley, a trustee of the Four Acre Trust, took the unusual step of denouncing his own organisation and other trusts after commissioning research that showed trusts failed to commit to long-term funding.

Bothamley commissioned a survey of 200 charities in which every respondent criticised trusts for their short-term funding. Respondents also felt trusts were resistant to core cost awards.

"It shows that grant-making trusts like to 'move on' from one year to the next," said Bothamley. He called the constant change in recipients "totally wasteful of effort" for both parties.

However, Bothamley's criticism was not restricted to trusts. He accused charities of failing to capitalise on the opportunities open to them to extend funding relationships.

"Some charities behave like nervous spinsters worrying about their dwindling finances," he said.

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