Finance Score: 3
Governance Score: 6
Support Score: 9
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • No PartB
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +9
Overall GiG Score: 18 ?


Analysis by Giving is Great


  • 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
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and dynamic in terms of composition
Established: 26 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 £225,912 £221,783 £230,476 £170,418 £137,109
Donations & Legacies £319,274 £276,082 £341,524 £416,796 £475,063
Other Income
Investment Income £1,665 £2,511 £2,599 £1,596 £3,612
Total income £546,851 £500,376 £574,599 £588,810 £590,910 £615,784
Charitable activities spending £471,366 £486,535 £518,807 £481,576 £604,086
Fundraising costs 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 4%
Other spending £8,364
Total spending £496,897 £512,922 £545,516 £513,302 £520,134 £637,590
Surplus/deficit £49,954 -£12,546 £29,083 £75,508 £70,776 -£21,806
Listed activities
  • It carries out activities or services itself
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of health
  • The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science','the advancement of human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation','the promotion of equality and diversity','any other purpose that may reasonably be regarded as analogous to any of the preceding purposes
Where it operates
  • Wider, but within one local authority area, main operating location: City of Edinburgh
Who it helps
  • Children or young people
  • People with disabilities or health problems
  • People with a particular ethnic or racial origin','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£537,156
Henry Smith Charity£136,400
BBC Children in Need£103,167
William Grant Foundation£45,000
Garfield Weston Foundation£15,000
Foundation Scotland£13,490
Women's Fund for Scotland£10,000
Scottish Government£7,215
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
National Lottery Community Fund - Bright Choices
£160,078 24/03/2022
This group will use the funding to continue their Bright Choices project in Edinburgh which supports and safeguards women children men and families from BAME communities who are at risk of or ....more
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Multi Cultural Family Base
£100,177 10/08/2021
Therapeutic group programmes (Junior and Wellbeing groups) for vulnerable Black, Asian and minority ethnic children. An early intervention approach will help them have improved mental health, ....more
William Grant Foundation - General operating support 2021-2023
£45,000 11/02/2021
A three-year unrestricted grant to support the consolidation and continuation of MCFB's early years work with Minority Ethnic families in Edinburgh. Key words; Family support; BAME; parents
Foundation Scotland - Grant to Multi - Cultural Family Base
£4,990 10/02/2021
To enable the organisation to migrate their current IT infrastructure to Microsoft 365, supporting compliance with statutory agencies IT requirements.
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£15,000 11/12/2020
Safe Haven
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Multi-Cultural Family Base
£136,400 13/11/2020
towards three years' continuation funding of the project costs of 'Safe Haven', providing support to refugees from Syria, and other conflict regions, in Edinburgh.
Cheshire Community Foundation - Wren Project
£4,980 12/11/2020
Multi-Cultural Family Base (MCFB) provides a range of services to support vulnerable BAME(Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) children and families within the City of Edinburgh. Through individual ....more
Foundation Scotland - Grant to Multi - Cultural Family Base
£5,000 28/10/2020
to enable MCFB to maintain and adapt their service provision and address the additional support needs of BAME children and families during the current coronavirus outbreak through to the end of March ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - 4-2-7 Project
£233,613 23/06/2020
This group will use the funding to deliver support services in Edinburgh to vulnerable children and families primarily from minority ethnic communities who are struggling with the transition into ....more
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Multi-Cultural Family Base
£2,990 17/06/2020
COVID19 - This grant will fund additional sessional staff hours, outdoor activity packs and support to access online activities for 32 BME children and young people isolated by Covid. They will feel ....more
£2,990 22/05/2020
NET, Comic Relief and Children in Need will use this funding to provide: increased support to vulnerable people and hidden groups, thus reducing the burden on public services; reach local grassroots ....more
Scottish Government - Multi - Cultural Family Base
£7,215 20/05/2020
Detailed description not provided.
Foundation Scotland - Grant to Multi - Cultural Family Base
£3,500 13/04/2020
To provide art materials to vulnerable BAME children in Edinburgh.
Women's Fund for Scotland - Bright Choices@MCFB
£10,000 16/12/2019
to contribute towards delivering the Bright Choices @ MCFB project.
National Lottery Community Fund - Bright Choices at MCFB
£143,465 04/07/2019
This group will use the funding to deliver the Bright Choices project which safeguards women, children, men and families from BAME communities who are at risk of or are experiencing coercive control, ....more
Virgin Money Foundation - Grant to Multi-Cultural Family Base
£250 19/03/2019
Grant through the Heart of the Community Fund used towards an event which brought the community together to celebrate their differences.
Corra Foundation - HDA-18/325
£4,000 02/08/2018
Towards the salary of the full-time Project Worker for the Safe Haven project for Syrian Refugees.
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Multi Cultural Family Base
£116,826 27/06/2018
Regular groups for vulnerable children and young people from BAME communities, including therapeutic support, social activities, and links with local youth groups. Young people will improve ....more
RS Macdonald Charitable Trust - Wren Project
£30,000 30/05/2018
The project will deliver an Early Years Service to BME families whose children have neurological conditions which affect their development. Early Intervention through home-based support and group ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (3 Years) award
£15,000 15/09/2017
Safe Haven project
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Multi-Cultural Family Base
£60,000 07/09/2017
towards three years' running costs of the 'Safe Haven' project, providing support to refugees in Edinburgh
Corra Foundation - HDA-17/323
£5,000 03/08/2017
towards the salary of the Full time Project Worker to work with vulnerable Syrian children, conditional on the appointment being made
Robertson Trust - The 4-2-7 Project
£67,500 25/07/2017
The 4-2-7 Project
National Lottery Community Fund - 4-2-7 Project
£204,660 25/06/2017
This group will provide practical and therapeutic support to asylum, refugee and migrant children and their parents. The aim is that children integrate better into mainstream schools and make a ....more
Comic Relief - Banyan Project
£109,277 25/11/2015
Currently 1 in 5 school pupils in Edinburgh are from BME families. For many families from migrant communities, social isolation can be aggravated by the presence of domestic abuse, and many families ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - 4-2-7 Project
£394,159 14/03/2012
This project will support vulnerable children aged four to seven from a BME background in North Edinburgh who are experiencing difficulties in their transition to school. It will do this by offering ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Directors (11)
Current Directors appointed
Gender Split
Based on 9/11 persons

Age Range of Directors: 33-84
Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in Scotland on 02/03/1998, number: SC027644
  • Registered at Companies House on 26/11/2003, number: SC259865
Filing Record
5 returns made; all on time
Main office

50 Coburg Street, Edinburgh, EH9 3BG


(i) The advancement of education, the improvement of health and the furtherance of the social welfare of children, young people and their families (ii) The advancement of education and training within the field of social work and related professions (iii) The promotion of equal opportunities and good race relations between persons of different racial groups and the general improvement of community relations

Data Sources

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