Overall GiG Score: 9 ?
Finance Score: 2
Governance Score: 2
Support Score: 5
  • Poor Liquidity: -1
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Mainly male board: -1
  • Grant maker support: +5

RAINFOREST TRUST UK 

Overview

Rainforest Trust UK raises funds for US charity Rainforest Trust, which prevents destruction of rainforests across the globe by partnering with local organisations and delivering sustainable conservation plans. This enables them to be at the forefront of many battles on issues like logging, forest fires, and conversion of land for agriculture. It has also given them added insight which has allowed them to become leaders in conservation coalitions to broaden their reach and make them a powerful force in the fight for tropical and subtropical forests.

They have already made considerable contributions to carbon storage and sequestration in key old growth forests across various projects and plan to increase efforts in combating climate change by directing funds from appeals to preserving areas that are particularly threatened by deforestation.

Rainforest Trust in the U.S. has been given a Platinum Seal of Transparency by Guidestar and Charity Navigator have commended their efficient and effective interventions for a number of years with a maximum 4-star rating. There is currently a matched funding promise so project-specific donations are doubled and overheads are also covered by long term supporters.

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Mission:

Strategically protecting threatened tropical lands to save endangered species and reduce deforestation. Since 1988 we have protected over 45 million acres of natural habitat
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Positives:

  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are low relative to funds raised
  • The Board appears to be dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • The Board is predominantly male

Financial issues to consider:

  • Liquidity appears to have been slender at the latest year end
Established: 7 years

www.rainforesttrust.org/uk

uk@rainforesttrust.org

02034884495

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Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
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£1,293£1,318£-25£98£310£1030.940
31/12/21£1,887£1,971£-84£84£334£780.530
31/12/20£850£717£132£80£419£350.630
31/12/19£648£393£255£18£286£60.202
31/12/18£221£220£1£0£0£0n/a02
31/12/17£203£173£30£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 7.6%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 7.4%
Highest pay band: Less than £60,000
Liabilities/Assets: 2%
Liabilities/Income: 0%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 33%
Reserves/Spending: 0.9 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 3 months
Quick Ratio: 49.7
Asset Split ?
Comment: Rainforest Trust UK fund overheads through donations from members of their Board and through Gift Aid. This means that 100% of any donations received are used for direct conservation action. All donations made to Rainforest Trust UK that are already allocated to specific conservation projects or funds when donated are transferred to Rainforest Trust US. Those that are unrestricted will be allocated to projects most urgently requiring funds.

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What it does
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
Rainforest Trust UK works in partnership with Rainforest Trust in the US to preserve and protect rainforests and other tropical habitat, particularly areas that are home to endangered species. We work in collaboration with trusted local NGOs and indigenous communities to place land under protection, either by land purchase or land designation as community forests or national parks.
Who works here?
  • 4 employees
Who it helps
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
  • The General Public/Mankind
How it operates
  • Makes Grants to Organisations
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
Where it operates
  • Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Throughout England And Wales,

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.

Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
The EQ Foundation - Grant to Rainforest Trust UK
£30,000 16/05/2023
Big Give Green Match
The EQ Foundation - Grant to Rainforest Trust UK
£30,000 16/05/2022
Big Give Green Match

Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How do they operate?

Conservation Action Fund

Objectives: Establish local programmes to ensure that threatened rainforests can be maintained for the long term, ensuring biodiversity and allowing local people to maintain their long established lifestyles.

Intervention period: Typically 5 years

Beneficiaries: The Planet and indigenous people

Location: Worldwide

Description: Rainforest Trust works with local organisations to identify projects where the forest is threatened. The simple solution of stopping the destruction of the last remaining rainforests will positively impact species, communities and the planet. To achieve this goal sustainability, we establish relationships with local conservation organisations and work together to identify and protect habitat. A gift to our Conservation Action Fund supports our most urgent work around the world. Our conservation work makes a tangible difference. On average, we protect an acre of habitat for just $2, less than your daily cup of coffee.

Rainforest Climate Action Fund

Objectives: Establish local programmes to ensure that threatened rainforests can be maintained for the long term and continue to store carbon.

Intervention period: Typically 5 years

Beneficiaries: The Planet and indigenous people

Location: Worldwide

Description: The Rainforest Climate Action Fund supports Rainforest Trust projects that cost-effectively store and sequester vast quantities of carbon. By protecting the world’s most important tropical forests, Rainforest Trust will work to permanently lock up 15 billion tonnes of carbon by 2025.

Comment: Originally set up in 1988, Rainforest Trust has grown rapidly and plans to continue to do so given the urgent need to protect our environment and reduce carbon emissions. They have been active in countries including Madagascar, Indonesia, Colombia, Nepal, Thailand, Ghana, Nepal, Mexico, Liberia, Ecuador, Kenya, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Myanmar, Peru, Laos and the Ivory Coast. In 2013 they launched an initiative to protect 20 million acres by 2020 and comfortably achieved that. They have ambitious plans to protect 125 million acres by 2025 and there is currently a matched funding promise so every project-specific donation is doubled.

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How effective are they?
Outputs
Outcomes
Y/EAcres of rainforest protectedTonnes of CO2 equivalents stored
31/12/20225,655,378942,546,461
31/12/20214,220,895990,038,418
31/12/20203,647,192603,942,215
Notes: Conservation projects benefit endangered species, local communities and the planet as a whole by helping to mitigate climate change.

Commentary: Impact figures relate to the activity of the US parent charity. The impact figures shown are based on the total acres involved in projects, even though Rainforest Trust may only be responsible for a minority of the project cost. However, they also exclude the extra benefit that many of their projects have a £1 for £1 or greater matching offer. A survey has showed that 99% of the forest in their reserves has remained standing post-protection
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How do we calculate this?

Who works here?

  • RACHEL TRAVERS
    CEO
    Appointed: October 2022
After graduate training at Arthur Andersen and Marks & Spencer, Rachel went on to hold senior roles at Shelter and the Refugee Council. More recently she was CEO for 12 years at Amaze, a Brighton-based charity which supports children and young people with disabilities. After studying in Nottingham and working in Leeds, London and Paris, she got the travel bug and headed off to see the world. On her travels she enjoyed diving at the Great ....more
  • VICKY WALLACE
    Fundraising Manager
Having grown up in Newcastle and graduated from the University of Manchester, Vicky started out as an intern in the fundraising team at international charity Hope for Children. Over the years she took on various roles, eventually managing the charity’s various public income streams. It was at Hope for Children that she learned the importance of a community-centred approach to international development, and discovered that the Rainforest ....more

How is it governed?

Trustees (6)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Adela is ‘half Yorkshire and half Swedish’, and from an early age her maternal grandmother would take her for nature walks in the deep Scandinavian forests, which gave her a deep love of nature. She has an MA in Interactive Design, and has worked for the BBC, BAA and WSPA (now World Animal Protection). Adela makes short films and animations....more
Chris grew up in Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands. After obtaining a degree in Chemistry at Birmingham University he spent much of his youth travelling the world seeking out new experiences. He was an English language teacher, teacher trainer and author for many years and has visited over 40 countries. Chris has been an active environmental....more
James came to Rainforest Trust from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation where, as Director of Wildlife and Biodiversity, he oversaw the Great Elephant Census, worked with IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and CITES (Convention on Trade in Endangered Species) to close ivory markets and save sharks, and launched programs to....more
James lives outside Edinburgh with his family and a growing number of grandchildren. An audit and accounting specialist, James led Deloitte in Scotland and Northern Ireland before becoming Managing Partner of Audit & Risk Advisory and Chief Operating Officer of its business in Switzerland. He has worked with global companies across a number of....more
James has been an avid nature enthusiast since he could remember and is now dedicating his life to helping the natural world through a pragmatic social enterprise and his work with Rainforest Trust UK. After studying at the University of Leeds, James went to work in London within one of the big 5 business consultancy groups before moving into....more
Jonathan was raised in London and started his career as a copywriter, producing campaigns for organisations such as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace. He went on to become a journalist and has written on a wide range of subjects including agriculture, the environment and ethical business for a wide range of British newspapers and magazines....more
Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in England & Wales on 09/09/2016, number: 1169111
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Investment
  • Risk management
Filing Record
6 returns made; all on time
Main office

120 Muirkirk Road
Catford
LONDON
SE6 1BH

Objectives

1) TO CONSERVE OR ASSIST IN THE CONSERVATION OF TROPICAL RAINFORESTS, AND OTHER FORESTED AREAS WORLDWIDE, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHICH ARE HOME TO SPECIES THAT ARE CLASSIFIED AS ENDANGERED, BY SUPPORTING AND INITIATING PROJECTS THAT ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION OF THE BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY OF THESE FORESTS AND/OR THE ENDANGERED SPECIES THEMSELVES.2) TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION AND AWARENESS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE CONCERNING THE ECOLOGICAL VALUE OF TROPICAL RAINFORESTS AND THE NECESSITY FOR THEIR CONSERVATION.

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
CharityBase

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