During the last year, we appraised fifteen of our regular recipients. Most of the reviews drew on the very valuable help of Liverymen closely involved with each charity. Those links are fundamental to the effectiveness of the review process, helping us be sure that we’re concentrating our giving where it will be most effective.
As a result of the reviews, we’re continuing – and for the most part increasing – our support for twelve of our fifteen charities. Of the remaining three, we’ve stopped supporting one, will review the second in a year’s time and have switched focus on the third from national to local level. That’s in line with our support for charities with small overheads, lower incomes and a more local focus.