Overheads and Christian charities: Barnabas Fund’s position

There have been recent articles in the media about the overheads of Christian charities, and growing concern about how high some are. (see article following this report). Barnabas Aid has received enquiries from our supporters on this issue. We are therefore setting out below the situation at Barnabas Aid.

Barnabas Aid is a charity providing practical aid for persecuted Christians. We operate in the same way that Barnabas and the apostle Paul did when they took gifts from the church in Antioch to the church in Judea (Acts 11:27-30). Barnabas Aid does this by channelling money from Christians through Christians to Christians (local churches or Christian organizations already established in the places of pressure, harassment and persecution). We support projects developed by local Christians in their own communities, countries or regions. The funds go to them directly as the beneficiary.

Donations to specific projects are used 100% for that project. The costs of education, prayer, advocacy and administration come from gifts to our General Fund.
Donations to specific projects are used 100% for that project. The costs of education, prayer, advocacy and administration come from gifts to our General Fund.

How we raise donations

We receive the vast majority of our funding from Christian individuals and churches. We are also thankful to a small number of Christian trusts who also support us. Unlike many other aid agencies, Barnabas Aid does not apply or receive government funding. This is very important as it means we can remain entirely independent of government restrictions on who the beneficiaries can be.

We raise most of our funds through our bi-monthly magazine Barnabas Aid.

How we spend your donations

For every £1 we receive in donations, we spend 88p on our charitable work. Charitable work refers to the projects developed by the local persecuted Christians we are supporting. This does not include our work in Western countries to raise awareness, encourage prayer and do advocacy for persecuted Christians; all of these activities, as well as our general administration costs, are included in our 12% overhead costs.

If you allocate your donation to a specific need or project, 100% of your donation will be used for that project and its costs. Nothing will be deducted from your donation for Barnabas Aid’s overheads. The costs of overheads are taken from donations to our general fund.   

No member of Barnabas Aid staff was paid over £50,000 during the last financial period.

More information

We aim to be transparent and clear about how we raise and spend donations. Please contact us at info@barnabasfund.org if you have any more questions.

Information about Barnabas Aid UK can be found at the Charity Commission: http://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details?regid=1092935&subid=0

Barnabas Aid never cold call people, have street collections or use external fundraising organisations.

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