Finance Score: -5
Governance Score: 9
Support Score: 16
  • Liabilities <10%: +3
  • Multiple Deficits and declines: -5
  • Fundraising costs high: -3
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +16
Overall GiG Score: 20 ?

PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LIMITED 

The Progressive Farming Trust is committed to developing sustainable land management and food production systems based on organic/ agroecological principles; fostering knowledge exchange and influencing public debate with sound evidence, to help meet human nutritional needs with safe, affordable, high quality food that enhances the natural environment and ensures the health and wellbeing of all.
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Positives:

  • This charity has a robust balance sheet
  • 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 age and gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Financial issues to consider:

  • Income has been volatile and on several occasions in recent years less than spending
  • Fundraising costs are high relative to funds raised

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
31/10/22£747£1,086£-339£179£1,651£93110.3232
31/10/21£1,192£1,221£-29£136£2,175£1,27212.5213
31/10/20£2,164£1,394£770£101£2,271£1,45012.5205
31/10/19£965£1,824£-858£54£1,089£5323.5225
31/10/18£1,192£1,346£-154£80£1,947£1,37412.2230
31/10/17£1,741£1,231£510£60£2,102£1,50114.6260
31/10/16£1,000£1,063£-63£65£1,591£1,57017.7230
31/10/15£883£1,125£-242£33£1,667£1,64817.6190
31/10/14£1,018£1,185£-167£11£1,863£1,84618.7190
31/10/13£968£1,038£-69£14£1,739£941.1230
31/10/12£990£1,206£-215£69£1,789£1,73217.2220
31/10/11£1,119£1,191£-72£18£1,986£1,94319.6230
31/10/10£1,212£1,369£-157£78£2,064£2,06418.1180
31/10/09£1,001£1,005£-4£166£2,221£2,22026.5180
31/10/08£1,028£1,080£-52£96£2,225£2,22524.7180
31/10/07£967£936£31£54£2,278£2,27829.2180
31/10/06£1,209£1,155£54£0£0£0n/a00
31/10/05£945£939£6£0£0£0n/a00
31/10/04£2,415£716£1,699£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 26.6%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 17.3%
Highest pay band: Less than £60,000
Liabilities/Assets: 4%
Liabilities/Income: 9%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 56%
Reserves/Spending: 10.3 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 7 months
Quick Ratio: 3.2
Asset Split ?
Established: 44 years

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UN SDGs
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Listed activities
  • Education/Training
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
GiG Classification
  • Environment conservation & animal welfare advocacy
How it operates
  • Other charitable activities
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
Where it operates
  • Throughout England And Wales,
Who it helps
  • Other Defined Groups
  • The General Public/Mankind

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£270,000
John Ellerman Foundation£215,750
The Linbury Trust£120,000
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy£68,479
Rothschild Foundation£60,600
Garfield Weston Foundation£50,000
Mark Leonard Trust£38,033
Dulverton Trust£20,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Mark Leonard Trust - Appeal for funding for its Feeding the Soil Appeal
£25,000 16/05/2024
appeal for funding for its Feeding the Soil Appeal
John Ellerman Foundation - Core costs of our Impact Delivery team, who promote our work amongst the farming community.
£95,000 28/03/2024
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Towards core costs of the Impact Delivery team, to promote ORC’s work amongst the farming community
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LIMITED
£50,000 13/12/2023
Towards project costs to reduce nitrogen fertiliser use on intensively managed grasslands in the UK by engaging with multiple stakeholders to co-create innovative and integrated solutions to the ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£25,000 30/11/2023
Impact Delivery Programme
Mark Leonard Trust - For a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) of crop science relating to regenerative agriculture.
£13,033 24/10/2023
For a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) of crop science relating to regenerative agriculture.
The Linbury Trust - Agricology - ORC
£120,000 20/06/2023
A grant over three years towards the Agricology resource to contribute to the farm engagement strand.
Rothschild Foundation - Grant to Organic Research Centre
£600 01/03/2023
Cost of living supplementary grant
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Progressive Farming Trust Limited
£20,000 13/02/2023
Towards unrestricted core costs as a Cost of Living Uplift
Rothschild Foundation - Grant to Organic Research Centre
£60,000 08/07/2022
To showcase the Waddesdon Estate on Agricology as a leading example of agroecological transition and innovation, providing inspiration to those considering sustainable farming.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - European Thematic Network for unlocking the full potential of Operational Groups on alternative weed control
£2,151 01/04/2022
Full Grant details (including summaries) can be found on the Gateway to Research website: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=10053183
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Agroforestry at the forefront of farming sustainability in multifunctional landscapes in Europe
£47,579 01/04/2022
Full Grant details (including summaries) can be found on the Gateway to Research website: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=10039700
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Re-Livestock : Facilitating Innovations for Resilient Livestock Farming Systems
£9,280 01/04/2022
Full Grant details (including summaries) can be found on the Gateway to Research website: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=10048150
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - LIVESEEDING: Organic seed and plant breeding to accelerate sustainable and diverse food systems in Europe
£9,469 01/04/2022
Full Grant details (including summaries) can be found on the Gateway to Research website: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=10049671
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Progressive Farming Trust Limited
£200,000 19/01/2022
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Towards core costs to extend the audience and reach of Agricology to help farmers transition to nature friendly forms of farming.
Dulverton Trust - Optimum Shelter Belt Project
£20,000 28/10/2021
Optimum Shelter Belt Project
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£25,000 08/10/2021
Knowledge Exchange Programme, Autumn 2021
Tedworth Charitable Trust - Core costs
£10,000 10/09/2021
Towards core costs
John Ellerman Foundation - Proportion of CEO salary, a Fundraising Officer and a new Donor Database.
£120,750 21/05/2020
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Proportion of CEO salary, a Fundraising Officer and a new Donor Database.
Tedworth Charitable Trust - Core costs
£20,000 26/07/2016
Towards core costs.
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (7)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 32-72
  • JAKE PICKERING Appointed: 2021, Occupation: Senior Manager Agriculture
  • SEETA RAJANI Appointed: 2021, Occupation: Finance And Operations Manager
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 06/11/1980, number: 281276
  • Registered at Companies House on 19/08/1980, number: 01513190
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Conflicting interests
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
19 returns made; all on time
Main office

T/A ORGANIC RESEARCH CENTRE
Trent Lodge
Stroud Road
CIRENCESTER
GL7 6JN

Objectives

3 OBJECTS3.1 THE CHARITY’S OBJECTS ARE SPECIFICALLY RESTRICTED TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF PUBLIC EDUCATION BY THE PROMOTION, ENCOURAGEMENT AND ADVANCEMENT OF KNOWLEDGE OF, AND RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTS INTO AGRICULTURE, ORGANIC FARMING AND TECHNICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AND APPROPRIATE OR INTERMEDIATE TECHNOLOGY WHETHER WITHIN THE UK OR OTHERWISE.3.2 NOTHING IN THE 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 AND/OR SECTION 2 OF THE CHARITIES ACT (NORTHERN IRELAND) 2008

Defined Area of Benefit:

THE UNITED KINGDOM AND OVERSEAS

Data Sources

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