How is the Benefact Trust responding to the major crises affecting charities today? with Lesley King-Lewis from Benefact Trust

Summary: The voluntary sector is under a lot of pressure. Over the past year it has seen a decline in donations and volunteers, while simultaneously the demand for the services has skyrocketed. Charities themselves are concerned about their own financial stability in light of the energy and cost of living crisis, let alone supporting their beneficiaries. The Benefact Trust provides substantial financial support to charities every year, funded by the profits of the companies within the Benefact Group.

In this episode, we discuss how Benefact Trust’s vital support is assisting many of the country’s charities, and how its relationship with the companies of the Benefact Group instils a positive work culture in their employees. Organisations in need of help can apply for funding through the Benefact Trust website below.

Quote: “As we [The Benefact Trust] grew out of Ecclesiastical Insurance, our focus is supporting churches of all denominations, and Christian charities. But our beneficiaries can be of any faith or have no faith at all, and our grants tackle key social issues such as homelessness, poverty, mental health, addiction, climate change, and cultural cohesion. So, we have a really wide remit. And I would encourage listeners, if you're involved with any charities or a trustee of a charity, please go on our website, talk to one of our grants' officers, we’re really happy to talk to you about the grant giving.”

Resources: 

Benefact Trust

Benefact Trust – How to Apply

Fundraising in the cost-of-living crisis - Benefact Group

Lesley King-Lewis LinkedIn profile

Adrian Saunders LinkedIn profile

Run time: 14.54

About the guest:

Lesley King-Lewis is the Director of Benefact Trust. Previously All Churches Trust, Benefact Trust was established in 1972, and is the owner of the Benefact Group, from which it receives all its profits to fund grant making. This enables the trust to give away approximately £19-20 million per year.

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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