As I write this, the fallout from the demise of Kids Company is continuing. Serious questions are being asked about the way the charity was run.
Itâ€™s a deeply regrettable situation and the really tragic thing about it all is that the thousands of at-risk children previously served by the charityâ€™s drop-in centres now have nowhere to go to find the support they need.
Other charities have also taken a battering recently for handling supportersâ€™ data dishonestly and for putting undue pressure on generous and often vulnerable donors to give more and more.
When we hear stories like this, thereâ€™s a temptation to tar all charities with the same brush. In this climate, itâ€™s difficult for us to run a charity. It must be difficult for you to support a charity, too. So, we want to make you three pledges to reassure you we are worthy of the trust you have given us:
- BCT will always be accountable for how we use your financial support. We make all our income and expenditure figures available to our trustees, to the Charity Commission and to our supporters, too. If you, as a BCT supporter, want to see these figures, they are in our annual report, which you will find on this website and on the Charity Commission website. Our priority will always be to meet the needs of vulnerable children, in the name of Jesus, and our use of finances will reflect this. And of course, we will only ever use funds for the purposes for which they are given.
- BCT will never pass your data on to other charities or organisations, unless you give us explicit, written consent.
- BCT will never forget that we and our partners can only do what we do because of your support. We love you and we value your prayers, encouragement and generosity more than we could ever say.
In short, we will always seek to show godly honesty and integrity. We have always aimed to do the right thing and to go about it in the right way, and we will continue to do that. If you ever have any concerns about any aspect of our work, please donâ€™t hesitate to get in touch.
We also recognise that supporting a charity can be about so much more than just giving financially. We so appreciate people who play an active part in our work through praying and sharing their talents and skills.Â We are as concerned about raising friends as we are about raising funds. Whether you give ofÂ your time, energy, skills, prayers or money, thank you for standing with us in restoring the lives of some of the worldâ€™s most marginalised children.