10th January 2022

Where does my donation go?

Last year, for every £1 donated to the Trust, 12p was spent on fundraising (including management of our investments) and 88p on directly supporting Gurkha veterans, widows and their wider communities. 

 The following is taken from the newly published 2020/2021 Annual Report & Accounts. 

Always transparent 

Our money is raised in the UK and spent in Nepal. We also part-fund two advice centres in the UK for Gurkha 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 in Nepal.  

As a charity, we have around 30 staff in the UK (including our Advice Centres) and over 500 staff in Nepal delivering our vital work. 

How much of my donation goes to Nepal? 

We are able to guarantee 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 (20/21) our investments earned the Trust around £1.78m: the majority of 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 88% 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 we 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 £6.33 to support Gurkha veterans, their families and communities. 

Elsewhere in our accounts, in response to the global financial uncertainty caused by COVID-19, our Trustees have increased Reserves to 18 months of expenditure to ensure that we can continue to deliver the same level of support and care to Gurkha veterans and their families.  

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