Finance Score: 4
Governance Score: 5
Support Score: 11
  • Liabilities <10%: +3
  • Poor Liquidity: -1
  • Good Reserves: +1Multiple Deficits: -2
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Mainly male board: -1
  • Grant maker support: +11
Overall GiG Score: 20 ?

THE HOWARD LEAGUE FOR PENAL REFORM (INCORPORATING THE HOWARD CENTRE FOR PENOLOGY) 

The Howard League for Penal Reform works for a safer society where fewer people are victims of crime.The Howard League for Penal Reform believes that offenders must make amends for what they have done and change their lives.The Howard League for Penal Reform believes that community sentences make a person take responsibility and live a law abiding life in the community.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • The charity has received backing from multiple prominent grant makers recently
  • This charity has a robust balance sheet
  • Spending has increased over the last 3 years relative to the previous period
  • Fundraising costs are low relative to funds raised
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • The Board is predominantly male
  • Over half the Board have joined recently

Financial issues to consider:

  • Liquidity appears to have been slender at the latest year end but unrestricted reserves are available
  • On several occasions in recent years income has been less than spending
Established: 57 years

www.howardleague.org

trustees@howardleague.org

02072497373

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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
31/05/23£1,371£1,781£-410£99£2,673£2,58317.42420
31/05/22£855£1,642£-787£69£2,704£2,25816.52230
31/05/21£917£1,369£-451£55£3,489£2,56622.52020
31/05/20*£1,452£1,427£25£52£3,574£1,98016.7204
31/05/19£2,435£1,266£1,169£48£3,590£1,94818.51810
31/05/18£957£1,326£-369£76£2,449£2,10019180
31/05/17£1,070£1,381£-310£97£2,874£2,47621.5200
31/05/16£1,103£1,656£-553£238£3,023£2,65819.3240
31/05/15£916£1,859£-943£448£3,714£3,32521.5230
31/05/14£1,459£2,265£-806£313£4,533£4,10921.8310
31/05/13£1,472£2,251£-779£311£5,263£4,75425.3320
31/05/12£1,192£2,209£-1,017£284£5,647£5,06727.5340
31/05/11£1,630£1,967£-338£182£6,897£6,35938.8320
31/05/10£3,310£1,682£1,628£132£6,999£6,23544.5270
31/05/09£4,861£1,380£3,481£106£5,406£4,49939.1240
31/05/08£966£1,062£-96£94£1,965£1,09012.3250
31/05/07£1,119£931£188£73£2,106£1,23115.9160
31/05/06£1,007£874£133£0£0£0n/a00
31/05/05£1,236£737£499£0£0£0n/a00
31/05/04£742£648£94£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 7.6%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 5.6%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 25%
Highest pay band: £120,000-£130,000
Liabilities/Assets: 3%
Liabilities/Income: 5%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 97%
Reserves/Spending: 17.4 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 6 months
Quick Ratio: 0.2
Asset Split ?
What it does
  • Education/Training
  • General Charitable Purposes
Who works here?
  • 24 employees
  • 20 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • The General Public/Mankind
How it operates
  • Other charitable activities
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
Where it operates
  • 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.

Major supporters in last 5 years
National Lottery Community Fund£366,556
Esmee Fairbairn£290,600
The Legal Education Foundation£62,584
The Bromley Trust£25,000
Barrow Cadbury Trust£20,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
The Bromley Trust - Unrestricted grant
£25,000 03/07/2023
HL is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities, and fewer people in prison. They undertake research, campaigning and legal work to achieve their goals.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Howard League for Penal Reform
£24,000 27/02/2023
Towards unrestricted core costs as a Cost of Living Uplift
Barrow Cadbury Trust - The reality of young adult remands: learning exchange
£20,000 10/01/2022
To identify the reality of the lived experiences of young adults on remand, key areas for improvement in policy and practice and develop a model to deliver legal education in prison.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Howard League for Penal Reform
£240,000 02/11/2021
36
Towards unrestricted core costs to continue work on children and policing and address the racial disparities within the criminal justice system, for children.
The Legal Education Foundation - JFF Host 2021
£62,584 24/03/2021
A grant to Howard League for Penal Reform to part fund one Justice First Fellowship as part of cohort 8. Co-funded by BBC Children in Need.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Howard League for Penal Reform
£26,600 05/05/2020
6
towards unrestricted core costs as a COVID-19 Fast Response grant
National Lottery Community Fund - Integrated legal advice, education, participation and change for youn
£366,556 24/10/2019
36
Integrated legal advice, education, participation and change for youn
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Howard League for Penal Reform
£150,000 04/03/2019
36
The Howard League is conducting a three year programme to reduce the arrests of women and stem the flow of women into the criminal justice system. The programme aims to replicate previous work to ....more
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Howard League For Penal Reform
£78,274 28/02/2019
36
This project will extend the existing advice line to young people in custody and provide workshops in managing conflict. This will improve essential skills, physical and emotional safety and ability ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Howard League for Penal Reform
£106,100 25/07/2018
24
Towards project costs to end the criminalisation of children in residential care and embed lasting system change.
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Sentencing Principles for Young Adults
£31,000 21/10/2017
7
To develop a set of sentencing principles for young adults aged 18-25 and seek its implementation
David & Elaine Potter Foundation - Core funding
£20,000 18/10/2017
13
Core funding
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Howard League for Penal Reform
£113,200 31/08/2016
24
Towards a programme of work to prevent the criminalisation of children living in children’s homes.
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Taking account of maturity in sentencing young adults
£29,500 05/01/2016
7
To analyse sentencing remarks by judges for reference to 'concept of maturity' when sentencing young adults
National Lottery Community Fund - U R Boss
£450,000 03/11/2014
36
Not Available
Barrow Cadbury Trust - U R Boss and maturity: T2A proposal
£29,500 02/05/2014
U R Boss and maturity: T2A proposal
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Howard League for Penal Reform
£100,000 09/05/2012
Towards an independent Commission of Inquiry on sex and sexual abuse in prison.
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (7)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split
Based on 6/7 persons

Age Range of Trustees: 34-74
  • JOHN TRESS Appointed: 2022, Occupation: Accountant And Strategy Professional
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 18/05/1967, number: 251926
  • Registered at Companies House on 20/02/1967, number: 00898514
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Investing charity funds policy and procedures
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
20 returns made; AR20: 8 days late,
Main office

Howard League For Penal Reform
1 Ardleigh Road
LONDON
N1 4HS

Objectives

THE ADVANCEMENT OF EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN THE SCIENCES OF PENOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY, IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY BY: (A) PROMOTING BETTER PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND ITS IMPACT ON INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETY; (B) EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT RESPONSES TO CRIME, INCLUDING OUTSIDE THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM; AND (C) PROMOTING RESEARCH IN THE SCIENCES OF PENOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY AND PUBLISHING THE USEFUL RESULTS OF SUCH RESEARCH; ANDTHE RELIEF OF THOSE PEOPLE IN NEED BY REASON OF BEING CAUGHT UP IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY BY: (A) PROVIDING FREE LEGAL ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE CAUGHT UP IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (THROUGH POLICING, PROSECUTION, SENTENCING AND/OR SANCTIONING), AND ADVOCATING FOR THEIR JUST AND EQUITABLE TREATMENT; AND (B) PROMOTING THE INTEGRATION INTO SOCIETY OF THOSE SUBJECT TO COURT-IMPOSED SANCTIONS (INCLUDING PROBATION, PRISONS AND POST-RELEASE SUPERVISION), BY TRAINING AND EDUCATION.

Defined Area of Benefit:

NOT DEFINED

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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