Finance Score: 3
Governance Score: 6
Support Score: 2
  • Strong growth: +2
  • Multiple Deficits: -2
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • No PartB
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +2
Overall GiG Score: 11 ?


Analysis by Giving is Great


  • The charity has received backing from multiple prominent grant makers recently
  • There has been strong growth in spending over the last 5 years
  • Fundraising costs are unusually low relative to funds raised
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Financial issues to consider:

  • On several occasions in recent years income has been less than spending
Established: 35 years
Scottish Charity RegulatorCompanies House
Financial Data
Income & Spending ?
Period ending 31/03/18 31/03/19 31/03/20 31/03/21 31/03/22 31/03/23
Charitable activities £19,111 £24,578
Donations & Legacies £314,546
Other Income £2,174
Investment Income £1,289 £1,139
Total income £152,673 £358,763 £172,247 £152,023 £187,993 £267,471
Charitable activities spending £126,560 £248,703
Fundraising costs 1% 2%
Other spending
Total spending £142,460 £131,771 £187,139 £188,686 £214,659 £254,011
Surplus/deficit £10,213 £226,992 -£14,892 -£36,663 -£26,666 £13,460
Listed activities
  • It carries out activities or services itself
  • The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science
  • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement
Where it operates
  • Wider, but within one local authority area, main operating location: City of Edinburgh
Who it helps
  • No specific group, or for the benefit of the community

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£8,670
Virgin Money Foundation£1,000
Foundation Scotland£132
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
Foundation Scotland - Grant to Water Of Leith Conservation Trust
£30 23/08/2023
Donation from Ken and Roberta Cameron
Foundation Scotland - Grant to Water Of Leith Conservation Trust
£30 12/09/2022
Donation from Ken and Roberta Cameron
Foundation Scotland - Grant to Water Of Leith Conservation Trust
£42 17/08/2021
Donation from Ken and Roberta Cameron
National Lottery Community Fund - Coalie Park Improvement Project
£8,670 19/07/2021
This group will use the funding to develop a plan for the Coalie Park Improvement Project.
Foundation Scotland - Grant to Water Of Leith Conservation Trust
£30 24/08/2020
Donation from Ken and Roberta Cameron
Virgin Money Foundation - Grant to Water of Leith Conservation Trust
£1,000 23/07/2019
Grant through the Heart of the Community Fund used to purchase equipment that will support their river clean ups during 2019.
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Water of Leith Conservation Trust
£4,200 27/03/2017
SSB Water of Leith Summer of Heritage
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Directors (5)
Current Directors appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Directors: 50-73
Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in Scotland on 01/11/1988, number: SC000015
  • Registered at Companies House on 01/11/1988, number: SC114294
Filing Record
5 returns made; all on time
Main office

24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1TQ


To conserve the Water of Leith and its environs, promote the natural and built heritage of the river, advance education and benefit the community, by: a) Raising awareness of the river.b)Providing teaching and learning services for all age groups.c)Operating the Water of Leith Visitor Centre as an educational visitor attraction and community resource.d)Encouraging the protection and enhancement of biodiversity along the river and its environs.e)Enabling volunteers and the public to take practical action to conserve and enhance the natural and built environment.f)Encouraging responsible access to, and recreational use of, the river and its walkway.g)Promoting the sustainable use and management of the river.h)Working in partnership with others.

Data Sources

Scottish Charity Regulator
360 Giving
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