Where does my donation go?
Last year, for every £1 donated to the Trust, 11p was spent on fundraising (including management of our investments) and 89p on directly supporting Gurkha veterans, widows and their wider communities.
The following synopsis is taken from the newly published 2019/20 Annual Report & Accounts and details the effectiveness with which we handle donations to the Trust.
We pride ourselves on transparency
Our money is raised by The Gurkha Welfare Trust in the UK and spent by The Gurkha Welfare Trust in Nepal. We also part-fund two advice centres in the UK for veterans and their families choosing to settle here. We are a well-established, well-respected and effective charity, transforming the lives of Gurkha veterans, their families and communities
As a charity, we have around 20 staff in the UK providing the charity’s corporate management and fundraising and over 500 staff in Nepal delivering our vital work.
How much of my donation goes to Nepal?
We are able to ensure that almost every penny donated to our work goes straight to Nepal.
We do this by keeping our fundraising expenditure low and through effective management of our funds. Last year (19/20) our investments earned the Trust around £2.4m which almost entirely covers the £2.5m we spent on fundraising (including the management of our investments) in the UK. As a result, we are able to guarantee that 89% of money donated to the Trust is spent on our charitable activities.
Donations to the Trust do not pass through any other organisation in Nepal and go straight to where they are needed.
How much do you spend on fundraising?
Last year we spent £2.5M on fundraising (including management of our investments) in the UK, representing 12% of our total spend as an organisation.
Though our spend on fundraising is low, it doesn’t make it any less effective. Last year for every £1 we spent on raising funds we brought in £6.22 to support Gurkha veterans, their families and communities.