Finance Score: 3
Governance Score: 3
Support Score: 15
  • Low unrestricted reserves: -2
  • Strong growth: +2
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +15
Overall GiG Score: 21 ?



Action for Conservation run school based workshops, host residential camps, organise work placements and build online networks for young people that educate them about the environment while developing a proactive youth conservation movement in the UK.

They have reached thousands through their various channels including an online programme developed through the pandemic. Ambassadors of their programmes have consistently been proven as confident action takers that go on to lead environmental youth groups and social action campaigns.

Their team continues to attract major funders and their dynamic founder has even directed some proceeds of his book published in 2021 to the organisation, that shows young conservationists how best to save the planet.

Source: Giving is Great


To bring the magic of nature into young people’s lives, inspiring a youth movement committed to conservation, restoration and to the Earth
Analysis by Giving is Great


  • There has been strong growth in spending over the last 5 years
  • 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 and there are significant future grants due to be received
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of gender

Financial issues to consider:

  • Unrestricted reserves appear to be dangerously low at the latest year end
Established: 10 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: 0.1%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 0.1%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 8%
Highest pay band: £60,000-£70,000
Liabilities/Assets: 19%
Liabilities/Income: 8%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 65%
Reserves/Spending: 2.3 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 3 months
Quick Ratio: 4.6
Asset Split ?
What it does
Action for Conservation educate young people about environmental conservation by running workshops and events in schools, providing learning materials, organising work experience placements, and building online networks to develop a proactive youth conservation movement in the UK
Listed activities
  • Arts/Culture/Heritage/Science
  • Education/Training
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Throughout England And Wales,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
Who works here?
  • 15 employees
  • 32 volunteers

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
Esmee Fairbairn£661,383
Dulverton Trust£250,000
OVO Foundation£201,500
John Ellerman Foundation£100,000
Garfield Weston Foundation£100,000
Joseph Rowntree Foundation£100,000
The EQ Foundation£21,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
OVO Foundation - Climate Changers - Action for Conservation
£16,500 04/09/2023
This grant will be used as a one-off uplift payment of £16,500 (10% of Action for Conservation’s total grant from 2020 - 2023) in recognition of the continued rising costs associated with staff ....more
John Ellerman Foundation - core costs
£100,000 27/07/2023
core costs
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Action for Conservation
£41,383 28/06/2023
Towards project costs to understand how intergenerational mapping methodologies could support holistic bio-cultural recovery in the Upper Usk River catchment
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Action for Conservation
£22,500 06/02/2023
Towards unrestricted core costs as a Cost of Living Uplift
Dulverton Trust - Action for Conservation Core Funding
£135,000 19/10/2022
Action for Conservation Core Funding
The EQ Foundation - Grant to Action for Conservation
£16,000 16/05/2022
Big Give Green Match
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (2 Years) award
£50,000 18/03/2022
The EQ Foundation - Grant to Action for Conservation
£5,000 15/05/2021
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (2 Years) award
£50,000 12/03/2021
Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Grant to Action for Conservation
£100,000 28/11/2020
Youth Environmental Action Project
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Action for Conservation
£60,000 23/10/2020
Towards Core costs To deliver 'Race for Nature', a partnership initiative that uses the Government's Kickstarter programme to place young people from Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) backgrounds into ....more
OVO Foundation - Climate Changers - Action for Conservation
£165,000 13/07/2020
This grant will be used to deliver Action for Conservation's WildEd workshops focusing on environmental improvement projects in schools.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Action for Conservation
£37,500 05/05/2020
towards unrestricted core costs as a COVID-19 Fast Response grant
OVO Foundation - OVO Gives Back - 2019-2020
£20,000 01/08/2019
This grant was used to cover the staff, travel and venue hire and various material costs of AFC WildED programme including secondary school workshops and Conservation Camps.
Dulverton Trust - Core costs for North East expansion
£105,000 12/06/2019
Core costs for North East expansion
Dulverton Trust - Core costs for North East expansion ? Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019
£10,000 12/06/2019
Core costs for North East expansion ? Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Action for Conservation
£500,000 30/04/2019
Towards unrestricted core costs to enable a suite of work to inspire and empower young people aged 12-18 to engage in environmental issues and work towards change across the UK
The Funding Network - AFC Programme Expansion
£17,966 18/06/2018
We aim to scale our existing three-part programme across the UK, strengthening our regional presence to facilitate youth leadership and embed our approach and impacts in local communities.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Action for Conservation
£60,000 07/08/2017
Towards the salaries and other costs of the director and programme manager to empower young people to engage and make a difference on nature conservation and environmental issues.
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (2 Years) award
£30,000 24/07/2017
Action for Conservation Core Programme Costs
Dulverton Trust - AFC Work Programme (Core Costs)
£15,000 14/06/2017
AFC Work Programme (Core Costs)
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How is it governed?

Trustees (7)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

David is a zoologist and sine graduating from Oxford University, has been an active wildlife conservationist. He is the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the University of Oxford which he founded in 1986, and holds a Senior Research Fellowship at Lady Margaret Hall with the Title of Distinction of Professor of....more
Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in England & Wales on 03/06/2014, number: 1157297
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
9 returns made; all on time
Main office

15 Wytham Street



Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving

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