Registered Charity

The Trustees understand the importance and responsibility that comes with running a charity and accountability it brings.

Every single pound that the Whitechapel Mission receives is fully allocated to its designated project. Not a single penny is removed for other purposes. Read our 100% Donation Policy.

The Whitechapel Mission does not tender for "commissioned services". Many charities compete to deliver public services. As most of these charities are publicly funded, is there really much difference between a charity or a government department delivering a public service? The trustees uphold the view that charities should not undertake mandatory duties on behalf of local authorities, but could undertake discretionary duties.

At the last count, more than one fifth of British charities – around 34,000 – took money from the Government. And when contributions from the National Lottery are taken into account, charities received more money from government in 2010 than they did from voluntary donations. Although many of these organizations do wonderful and necessary work, it is making a mockery of true charities to pretend they are part of the voluntary sector.

For example, some charities now receives around 95 per cent of their income from a combination of government and the lottery grants. It is no longer possible for them to highlight the injustices some people have to face, if their funder is the cause of the injustice.

We wish to remain a true charity, delivering services where needed, without restriction and without a funder dictating who we can help, how we can help them or when we can help.

100% Donations Policy

The Trustees of the Whitechapel Mission are proud to confirm they operate on a unique 100% donations policy. Every penny of every donation received is used strictly for charitable purposes.

The Trustees understand the importance and responsibility that comes with running a charity and accountability it brings.

That is why every single pound that the Whitechapel Mission receives is fully allocated to its designated project. Not a single penny is removed for other purposes. No donation will be used for:

  • Administration
  • Fundraising
  • Telephone Bills
  • Gas Bills
  • Electricity Bills
  • Maintenance
  • TV adverts

You have never seen the Whitechapel Mission advertising on TV, and you never will. Your donations are only ever used for direct expense to assist those in need and will never be spent on million pound TV adverts.

For example: If a donor gives £10 with the intention of it helping towards feeding the homeless, the Trustees will ensure that every penny is used to feed the homeless.

Since the charity's inception in 1876, not a single penny has ever been deducted for fundraising or administration costs. In fact, over the years many hundreds of thousands of pounds of the administration fund has been allocated to our charitable cause. Even tax reclaimed from the UK government's Gift Aid scheme is spent on direct expenditure. This allows taxpayers to increase the value of their donation by 25% and know it is also being spent delivering services to the homeless.

All the charity's administrative and fundraising costs are covered by:

  • Investment income
  • Income generated from the Whitechapel Mission building. Money raised from rental income