Finance Score: -2
Governance Score: 9
Support Score: 11
  • Low unrestricted reserves: -2
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +11
Overall GiG Score: 18 ?

ASHDEN CLIMATE SOLUTIONS 

Overview

Ashden accelerate transformative climate solutions by elevating organisations and projects that boost green innovations and build a more sustainable society.

Their annual Ashden Awards are the catalyst for pioneering interventions and drive progress towards green skills and livelihoods. Dedication of several corporate and charitable trusts to their awards has given them credibility and solidified their offer in establishing new green solutions. This is aided by their ability to elevate organisations post-award from connections they have with new investors, local and region authorities, and schools.

They have aided hundreds of innovators in gaining new recognition already and helped them implement solutions with over £100,000 awarded annually and thousands more leveraged post award.

Source: Giving is Great

Mission:

To accelerate transformative climate solutions and build a more just world
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • 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 gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Financial issues to consider:

  • Unrestricted reserves appear to be dangerously low at the latest year end
  • There has been a change of accounting period recently, so trends may be hard to determine
Established: 20 years

www.ashden.org

info@ashden.org

02074100330

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Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
N.B. data has been adjusted to reflect year end change
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
£k
Spending
£k
Surplus/
Deficit
Fundraising
Cost £k
Total
Funds £k
Unrestricted
Funds £k
Mths
Rsrvs
Staff Volun-
teers
31/12/22*£2,629£2,525£104£267£729£3211.5290
31/12/21£2,073£2,058£15£187£608£2251.3280
31/12/20?£3,139£2,930£209£463£597£1700.7260
31/08/19£1,900£2,228£-328£195£413£3752240
31/08/18£2,985£2,193£792£184£742£6203.4320
31/08/17£2,216£2,236£-20£180£3£-22-0.1310
31/08/16£1,922£1,958£-35£158£22£10210
31/08/15£1,725£1,738£-13£135£58£250.2130
31/08/14£1,526£1,495£31£105£71£310.2120
31/08/13£1,548£1,510£38£63£40£110.1110
31/08/12£1,419£1,435£-16£72£1£-12-0.190
31/08/11£1,215£1,274£-59£48£17£-6-0.180
31/08/10£1,287£1,241£46£38£77£750.760
31/08/09£1,277£1,232£45£51£31£1050
31/08/08£1,151£1,140£11£5£-14£-14-0.140
31/08/07£898£925£-28£4£-25£-25-0.330
31/08/06?£775£736£38£0£0£0n/a00
05/04/05£704£452£252£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 11.2%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 10.6%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 34%
Highest pay band: £120,000-£130,000
Liabilities/Assets: 25%
Liabilities/Income: 9%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 44%
Reserves/Spending: 1.5 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 3 months
Quick Ratio: 2.7
Asset Split ?
What it does
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
To contribute to the protection of the environment, the advancement of education and relief of poverty for the public benefit in developing countries, UK and elsewhere, by promoting the use of local sustainable and renewable energy sources.
Who works here?
  • 29 employees
Who it helps
  • The General Public/Mankind
How it operates
  • Acts as an umbrella or resource body
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides other finance
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
Where it operates
  • Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Tanzania, Throughout England,

Who's supporting them? ?

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
OVO Foundation£346,369
LUND TRUST£295,000
Esmee Fairbairn£258,300
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy£254,360
Garfield Weston Foundation£240,000
John Ellerman Foundation£211,474
Joseph Rowntree Foundation£120,000
JAC Trust£60,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Tedworth Charitable Trust - Towards its Sustainable Towns and Cities Programme in 2024 Towns and Cities Programme in 2024
£20,000 26/02/2024
Towards its Sustainable Towns and Cities Programme in 2024.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Ashden Sustainable Solutions Better Lives
£8,300 06/02/2023
Towards unrestricted core costs as a Cost of Living Uplift
John Ellerman Foundation - Core operating costs of the Sustainable Towns and Cities programme
£90,000 26/01/2023
Core operating costs of the Sustainable Towns and Cities programme
LUND TRUST - Towards a new community adaptation award.
£270,000 16/01/2023
Towards the costs of a new award for climate adaptation solutions co-developed and co-managed by communities in the UK.
OVO Foundation - Climate Changers - Ashden Climate Solutions
£346,369 28/11/2022
This grant will support the expansion of the Let's Go Zero schools campaign and the creation of a 'Nature Prize' where schools have the chance to win a small cash prize to implement a nature project, ....more
JAC Trust - Energising Refugee Livelihoods Award
£60,000 08/06/2022
Towards the costs of the Ashden Award for Energising Refugee Livelihoods
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Unlocking the potential of public engagement for Net Zero
£20,000 01/06/2022
To fund a Summit and associated activities to stimulate and coordinate public engagement in activites to mitigate climate change.
John Ellerman Foundation - Grant to Ashden
£20,000 26/05/2022
Grant to Ashden
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Ashden Awards 2022-2023
£254,360 01/03/2022
The Ashden Awards seek to support and increase the visibility of such innovative climate change solutions, including the 2022 Natural Climate Solutions and Energising Agriculture awards, through ....more
LUND TRUST - Towards core costs
£25,000 15/12/2021
To support core costs and the Ashden Awards for sustainable energy projects
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (3 Years) award
£80,000 24/09/2021
UK Green Skills Award
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (3 Years) award
£80,000 11/09/2020
UK Green Skills Award
Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Grant to Ashden
£120,000 10/07/2020
36
Liveable Cities Programme
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Ashden Sustainable Solutions Better Lives
£250,000 13/02/2020
36
Towards core costs to support an award recognising exemplary citizen engagement in climate issues and for work with the North of Tyne Combined Authority, demonstrating how climate policy can deliver ....more
John Ellerman Foundation - Salary of a Liveable Cities team member to coordinate the Just Transition project
£101,474 30/09/2019
24
Salary of a Liveable Cities team member to coordinate the Just Transition project
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£80,000 04/09/2019
UK Sustainable Building Awards
The Bromley Trust - Restricted Grant for the Ashden Liveable Cities Programme in the UK
£20,000 23/07/2019
12
Ashden reward and promote excellent local sustainable energy solutions in the UK and the developing world. This is a one year grant restricted to the Liveable Cities Programme in the UK.
The Bromley Trust - Restricted Grant Towards the UK Ashden Awards
£20,000 01/08/2018
12
Ashden reward and promote excellent local sustainable energy solutions in the UK and the developing world. This is a one year grant restricted to the UK Ashden Awards Programme.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Ashden Sustainable Solutions Better Lives
£40,000 14/05/2018
12
Towards the Ashden Award for UK market disruptors 2018 with a focus on innovation to improve renewable energy systems.
Wates Family Enterprise Trust - Ashden
£15,000 26/04/2018
To support Ashden's LESS CO2 programme, supporting participating schools with reducing energy use and building sustainable energy more effectively into their running and teaching.
The Bromley Trust - Restricted Grant to the UK Ashden Awards
£20,000 01/11/2017
12
Ashden reward and promote excellent local sustainable energy solutions in the UK and the developing world. This is a one year grant restricted to the UK Ashden Awards Programme.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Ashden Sustainable Solutions Better Lives
£10,000 24/04/2017
12
Towards sponsorship of the 2017 Ashden Award for Clean Air in Towns and Cities.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Ashden Sustainable Solutions Better Lives
£130,000 21/12/2016
36
Towards core costs to enable the organisation to scale up its work on renewable energy in UK cities, towns and regions and towards the sponsorship of the 2017 Ashden Award for Clean Air in Towns and ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Ashden Sustainable Solutions Better Lives
£40,000 14/12/2015
12
Towards the Ashden Award for Sustainable Communities 2016 which recognises and promotes community initiatives that show innovation and potential for replication in locally-generated and owned ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Ashden Sustainable Solutions Better Lives
£40,000 20/04/2015
12
Towards the Ashden Award for Sustainable Communities 2015 which recognises and promotes community initiatives that show innovation and potential for replication in locally-generated and owned ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Ashden Sustainable Solutions Better Lives
£25,000 08/11/2011
Towards a network of 'Ashden Alumni' and a series of five seminars involving award winners and Esmée Fairbairn grantees.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Ashden Sustainable Solutions Better Lives
£50,000 17/12/2008
12
Towards Project costs Towards research costs into sustainable local energy generation.
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (9)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 22-69
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 04/06/2004, number: 1104153
  • Registered at Companies House on 03/03/2004, number: 05062574
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
Filing Record
18 returns made; AR22: 43 days late,
Main office

THE PEAK
5 WILTON ROAD
LONDON
SW1V 1AP

Objectives

1. THE ADVANCEMENT OF EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND WORLDWIDE IN RELATION TO SUSTAINABLE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECOLOGICAL ISSUES; AND2. TO RELIEVE POVERTY AND TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH BY PROMOTING THE USE OF SUSTAINABLE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND WORLDWIDE.

Defined Area of Benefit:

NATIONAL AND OVERSEAS

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
CharityBase

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