What We Do
We respond to the consequences of warfare and natural disasters
When warfare breaks out in this troubled world many innocent civilians, especially women and children, suffer. When major natural disasters happen, such as earthquakes or hurricanes, many can be left badly injured and destitute. Often the scale of help needed is enormous, so we try to do our bit by donating annually to some of the major aid agencies, such as Unicef and Save the Children, who have the resources to get help where it’s most needed as quickly as possible.
We respond to disasters
In addition to the annual donations mentioned above, when a disaster occurs, such as Cyclone Idai effecting Africa and in particular Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. We try to respond quickly, usually by making a one-off donation to the UK Disasters Emergency Committee, who channel the funds received to the aid agencies best placed to bring help.
Support for other causes
We receive appeals from hundreds of charities annually. It’s impossible for us to support them all, but we do our best to help where we can, typically those involved in the relief of suffering, or research into the causes and treatment of illness and disease. Due to our funds being limited we cannot afford to donate more than £400, so we look to support smaller charities with less than £5m turnover, and we also look carefully at the proportion of money spent on governance and marketing before making a decision.
Are you a UK Registered Charity? If so, you can put your request in writing by post. We will discuss any new requests at our quarterly Trustee meetings. We are sorry, but we are unable to respond to all requests. We will contact you if we decide to make a donation.
How we have helped
In 2019 CSF made donations of nearly £100,000, to 183 charities ranging from small groups run by volunteers helping vulnerable children in a village in a developing country to multi-million pound international charities responding to disasters, which make thousands of people homeless to a group looking after homeless people in your town. For a complete list helped in 2019 click here to see how the money is distributed and to see where in the world.
A quick look at the websites of the major aid agencies, such as Oxfam and Save the Children is all that’s needed to make us realise how many trouble spots there are in the world today.
When a disaster such as the civil war in Syria or Yemen or natural disasters arise such as cyclones and earthquakes, our small community responds quickly. CSF keeps money available immediately and processes additional donations quickly.
However, there are many other worthy causes; supporting desperate children in remote villages in far off countries perhaps helping lonely people in UK towns, In 2019 the need for food banks in the UK increased CSF made a special grant of £2000. CSF gave £33600 to regional charities in the UK none of which spends £5M and many less that £100K. CSF wants to hear about small charities near you that could do with some help.
CSF will only support UK registered charities concerned with humanitarian aid and targets donations on small organisations. We’re very much aware of how little we are able to give in relation to the need, and how pitiful our best efforts are in comparison to the blessings of the Kingdom of God, which His Son will establish when he returns to the earth. We pray it will not be long now!