Finance Score: -8
Governance Score: 9
Support Score: 2
  • Volatile income: -3
  • Fundraising costs high: -5
  • No PartB
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +2
Overall GiG Score: 3 ?



To provide sustainable sources of quality education to children living in poor and marginalised communities.
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  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • 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 recently
  • Fundraising costs are extremely high relative to funds raised
Financial Data
Income & Spending ?
Period ending 31/08/17 31/08/18 31/08/19 31/08/20 31/08/21 31/08/22
Charitable activities
Donations & Legacies £175,025 £169,343 £165,870 £220,203
Other Income £19,644 £15,339
Investment Income £15 £36 £26 £9 £17
Total income £329,566 £368,512 £345,486 £289,728 £341,413 £255,775
Charitable activities spending £237,955 £245,188 £242,543 £162,326 £190,343
Fundraising costs 26% 27% 27% 17% 49%
Other spending
Total spending £336,322 £332,043 £337,927 £314,204 £216,874 £316,548
Surplus/deficit -£6,756 £36,469 £7,559 -£24,476 £124,539 -£60,773
Established: 24 years
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How you can help
What it does
Working in partnership with local organisations, we develop community-owned and operated schools, which provide quality education in a sustainable way.
Listed activities
  • It makes grants, donations or gifts to organisations
  • It carries out activities or services itself
GiG Classification
  • International poverty relief
  • The prevention or relief of poverty
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of health','the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
Where it operates
  • UK and overseas, main operating location: Outwith Scotland
Who it helps
  • Children or young people

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
To be used for
The Shears Foundation - COCO
£5,500 06/04/2023
Securing a Sustainable Future for FOCUSSA Primary School.

Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Directors (7)
Current Directors appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Directors: 37-63
  • JUMA, Ida
    Appointed: 2023
    Occupation: Programme Specialist
Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in Scotland on 09/08/2000, number: SC030428
  • Registered at Companies House on 09/08/2000, number: SC209819
Filing Record
5 returns made; all on time
Main office

, NE1 4SE


The Charity's objects ('Objects') are wholly charitable (the word charitable having the meaning ascribed to it for the purposes of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and section 505 of the income and corporation Taxes Act 1988 or any statutory amendment or re-enactment thereof) and are:- a) The relief of suffering and distress of children throughout the world in areas stricken by poverty, natural disaster or war by providing support, facilities, equipment, supplies or funds. and b) The advancement of education by providing educational facilities or equipment, funds or supplies for the benefit of children in such areas.

Data Sources

Scottish Charity Regulator
360 Giving

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