How has Benefact Trust’s giving evolved? with Helen Gray from Benefact Trust

Summary: The Benefact Trust is funded directly by the profits of the specialist financial companies within the Benefact Group. It has been instrumental in supporting churches and Christian charities across the country to retain their status as centres of orbit for charitable giving and community support.

In this episode, Trust Director Helen Gray talks about the aim for Benefact Trust to double its grant making in the next five years. This growth is underpinned by the commercial performance of the businesses within the Benefact Group, including Ecclesiastical Insurance, whose generated profits finance the Trust’s grant giving.

To find out more about the Trust, including the beneficiaries, how to apply for a grant, and more information about the Community Impact grants, visit the website linked below. If you’re a charity or an insurance broker with charitable clients, there is also a wealth of advice and resources available on the website for you to explore.

Quote: “To work for a charity that can give on the scale that Benefact gives is most charity workers’ absolute dream… The work the charity does is far-reaching, and the fact that the charity actually owns the Benefact Group, a group of financial service businesses, places the Benefact Trust in a really enviable position.”


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Run time: 14.44

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About the guest:

Helen Gray, Trust Director of Benefact Trust. Her previous roles include Foundation Director at the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, and Head of Operations at St Albans Cathedral, granting her first-hand insight into the positive impacts of organisations like Benefact.

About the host:

Adrian Saunders, Commercial Director at Ecclesiastical, is responsible for delivering Ecclesiastical’s UK intermediated business. Before joining Ecclesiastical, Adrian held senior roles at Marsh, Zurich and Hiscox. Away from insurance, Adrian is a self-confessed cycling addict. Combining his passions for charity giving and cycling, he previously raised funds for charity by completing London Ride100 three times and cycling across Vietnam and Cambodia.


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