Overall GiG Score: 21 based on 20 data points
Finance: 2
Governance: 5
Support: 14
Excess liquidity: -1, Fundraising costs low: +3,
12+ Trustees: -1, Good trustee age range: +3, Dynamic board: +3,
Award winner, Supporters: +14


FareShare redistributes surplus good quality food that would otherwise have gone to waste to charitable organisations around the UK for the production of meals for those most in need. The organisation also provides educational, advice and training for staff, volunteers and clients of those organisations as well as to its own volunteers.
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  • This charity is a recent Award Winner
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are unusually low relative to funds raised
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • There are 15 trustees whereas the Charities Commission recommends a maximum of 12

Financial issues to consider:

  • Liquidity appeared to be in excess of CC guidelines at the latest year end
Established: 20 years




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Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
Cost £k
Funds £k
Funds £k
Staff Volun-

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 4.9%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 5.4%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 2%
Highest pay band: £100,000-£110,000
Liabilities/Assets: 11%
Liabilities/Income: 18%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 87%
Reserves/Spending: 16.2 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 20 months
Quick Ratio: 9
Asset Split ?
What it does
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
Who works here?
  • 181 employees
  • 305 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Elderly/Old People
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
  • People With Disabilities
  • The General Public/Mankind
How it operates
  • Acts as an umbrella or resource body
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Throughout England And Wales,

Who's supporting them? ?

Awards received
  • Charity Times 2017 Awards Charity of the Year, income £1-5m
  • Charity Awards 2017 Environment & Conservation
  • Third Sector Awards 2017 Charity of the Year
  • Charity Times 2021 Awards Charity of the Year, Income >10m
Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs£39,025,000
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation£1,347,500
Comic Relief£942,500
Garfield Weston Foundation£500,000
Rothschild Foundation£400,000
City Bridge Trust£376,600
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
£37,500 27/02/2023
Towards unrestricted core costs as a Cost of Living Uplift
Rothschild Foundation
£400,000 06/12/2022
Funding will help scale-up UK food redistribution, building new methods of access to surplus food and developing stronger community-based food systems in response to the rapidly rising cost of living.
The Wimbledon Foundation
£2,500 09/11/2020
emergency food distribution in our local boroughs
£5,000 03/09/2020
NET, Comic Relief and Children in Need will use this funding to provide: increased support to vulnerable people and hidden groups, thus reducing the burden on public services; reach local grassroots ....more
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
£10,000 14/05/2020
Support for people experiencing food poverty in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland during the Covid-19 pandemic
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
£10,000 14/05/2020
support for people experiencing food poverty in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland during the Covid-19 pandemic
City Bridge Trust
£376,600 13/05/2020
£376,600 over five years (£76,400, £76,300, £77,100, £73,000, £73,800) for the FT salary of the London Development Manager and associated project costs.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
£26,625,000 11/05/2020
Funding to purchase food for front-line charities that have experienced increased demand in supporting vulnerable people as a result of Covid-19. Varied with additional funding to further support ....more
Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs
£10,500,000 06/05/2020
The aim of this activity is to provide immediate support for a limited period of time to keep food redistribution organisations and front-line food aid charities open and supporting those most ....more
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
£60,000 05/05/2020
towards unrestricted costs as a COVID-19 Fast Response grant
The Wimbledon Foundation
£2,500 04/05/2020
emergency food distribution in our local boroughs
Garfield Weston Foundation
£500,000 01/05/2020
Core Costs
Comic Relief
£942,500 28/04/2020
COVID19 - Funding from the Big Night In for emergency CV19 response is £650,000. This will contribute to FareShare's national operations to help people who struggle to get food because they can't ....more
Suffolk Community Foundation
£121,730 16/04/2020
Grant to Fareshare for food. Covid19
£560,190 07/04/2020
NET, Comic Relief and Children in Need will use this funding to provide: increased support to vulnerable people and hidden groups, thus reducing the burden on public services; reach local grassroots ....more
The Childhood Trust
£10,000 10/12/2019
FareShare is the UK?s largest food redistribution charity. We redistribute surplus food to 10,943 charities and community groups that turn it into meals for vulnerable people. Last year we ....more
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
£1,900,000 27/05/2019
To increase surplus food redistribution and therefore prevent food waste through making it economically viable for food businesses to redistribute their surplus rather than choosing a secondary ....more
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
£1,250,000 12/02/2019
towards unrestricted core costs that will enable FareShare to almost double the volume of usable surplus food that it distributes to the voluntary and community sector over the next five years.
The National Lottery Community Fund
£5,000,000 22/03/2018
This charity will use the funding to transform people's lives through food across the UK. With 270,000 tonnes of edible food being destroyed every year, FareShare delivered good surplus food to ....more
The Dulverton Trust
£80,000 14/02/2018
UK wide operations
£177,500 29/03/2017
Second Half Fund programme grant to Fareshare Grant Ref AC00603
£88,750 29/03/2017
Nesta is undertaking a programme called the ?Second Half Fund? (?the Programme?) which is supported and funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the Office for Civil Society. The ....more
Comic Relief
£400,000 15/03/2017
The UN states that over 8.4million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat. Meanwhile over 270,000 tonnes of good food are wasted every year. FareShare has a model that sources this surplus ....more
The Dulverton Trust
£40,000 15/02/2017
UK wide operations
The Henry Smith Charity
£95,000 09/06/2016
towards three years' continuation funding of the running costs of the UK Food Team at a charity that works throughout the UK to redistribute surplus food
Masonic Charitable Foundation
£60,000 20/04/2016
Expansion of refrigerated transportation services to redistribute surplus food to more charities in the West Midlands.
London Catalyst
£3,000 21/05/2014
Reduction of food poverty by expansion coverage of services across London
City Bridge Trust
£165,000 15/05/2014
£165,000 over three years (£60,000; £55,000; £50,000) towards the salary costs of a London Development Manager plus running costs of a project creating satellite distribution centres in London.
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
£40,000 28/02/2014
This is a food distribution charity. The funding will support their volunteer programme helping reach the most vulnerable in society.
The Henry Smith Charity
£150,000 14/03/2013
towards three years' continuation funding of the running costs of a National charity that redistributes surplus food from the retail industry to families and individuals in financial hardship
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
£500,000 13/12/2012
Towards the expansion of the FareShare Food Access programme - optimising the FareShare network and rendering the organisation and its franchise partners more financially resilient.
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How is it governed?

Trustees (15)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 26-68
  • KAREN BETTS Appointed: 2023, Occupation: Chief Executive
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 14/10/2003, number: 1100051
  • Registered at Companies House on 18/07/2003, number: 04837373
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Volunteer management
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(a) The charity's objects (the Objects) are specifically restricted to the following:A. The prevention and relief of poverty and the preservation and promotion of good nutrition, good health and social improvement among people who are suffering from social, economic or emotional distress in such ways as the trustees may in their absolute discretion think fit but particularly through:(A) the collection and redistribution of surplus food; and(B) the encouragement of members of the public to undertake voluntary work;B. the advancement of public education in particular but not exclusively by providing training in the voluntary sector; C. the furtherance, for the benefit of the public, of the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment through the reduction of waste (in particular food waste) and its adverse environmental impacts(b) Nothing in these articles shall authorise an application of the property of the charity for purposes which are not charitable in accordance with section 7 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 or section 2 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.


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