May 12, 2019
The Biscuit Fund numbers
|1st quarter 2019||£||£||£|
|Opening value of biscuits in the tin||27,923||7,783||-|
|Donations received (including Gift Aid)||13,073||40,457||167,115|
|Crumbs of hope paid out||(10,187)||(20,167)||(135,856)|
|Volunteers & agents||-||-||-|
|Chocolate biscuits & other essentials||-||-||-|
|Independant examination of accounts||-||(150)||(450)|
|Closing value of biscuits in the tin||30,809||27,923||30,809|
|No. of cases where we've been able to offer a crumb of hope||148||223||1,066|
|*(see the blog for our latest success stories)|
Our admin expenses are zero (we even pay for our own chocolate biscuits) so everything our donors contribute goes directly to help someone in desperate need. We really are a zero overheads charity. We once paid 'expenses' to one of our Agents who paid for a cab to take one of our clients home with a heavy food shop. We reimbursed her £7 for that cab as our client would have had no way of getting their food home without one. We have no premises, no company phones, no biscuit budget, no work laptops. No-one receives a salary from TBF and we don't even claim for the cost of stamps if we need to send a letter. We do our work with TBF using our own PC's and our own resources in our own time.
As you can see, we are very small and so if you like what we do please help us by making a donation and tell your friends about us as we have no marketing budget to call on in order to spread the word. Even the smallest donation can make a huge difference. If you can spare as little as £1 you could help make the difference between a child having a meal and going to school hungry.
You can see from our numbers how powerful a bit of publicity is by the effect of an article written in the press by a long-standing supporter in late 2018. It generated a wave of interest and donations and there was a further mention in early 2019. Thank you to all the new and existing donors who responded, but please do not think that we have enough to be going on with as we can never address with our modest resources the vast range of poverty related problems that we see each and every day.
To all of our donors, a huge thank you on behalf of our volunteers and agents but much more importantly on behalf of those who are so desperately in need of a crumb of hope.
Our charity registration number is 1154117 and we are an entirely not-for-profit organisation.