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Annual Report for 2016-17

The Board of Trustees are pleased to share with our supporters and the public our PaganAid Annual Report 2016-17 for the year 2016-17.

The accounts show that we received £1,780.45 in donations over the year, incurred admin costs of £140 and made a charitable grant of £1,000 (see below).

The report also summarises our activities over the year:

Fundraising

PaganAid has received donations from individual supporters and from sympathetic organisations. The trustees wish to express our profound thanks to all who have given us support.

A particular mention goes to Malcolm Brown, who raised £350 by donating the total proceeds of the download sales of his music, and to The Druid Network who made a generous donation of £500. Thanks also to the Pagan Federation’s Wessex region and Devon & Cornwall region for the donations they made in 2015-16.

Grants

In August 2016, we made our first charitable grant. We gave a donation of £1,000 to Tree Aid to support its Women’s Forest Livelihoods programme in the Sahel region of Africa. This project will work with 950 women in the Passouré province of Burkina Faso to improve incomes and environmental sustainability. Our grant helped to:

  • Increase reliable household incomes by helping women to run enterprises based on neem, saba and shea tree products
  • Protect the forest and empowering women by legally registering women’s forest management groups
  • Reduce deforestation and demand for firewood by training women how to make fuel saving stoves

Organisational Development

During the course of the year, we took a number of steps to develop the charity, laying the groundwork for the future and the recruitment of more supporters and volunteers.

IT Systems

As part of our policy to keep our administrative costs to a minimum, we have moved the hosting of our website and taken the systems maintenance in-house, to be done by our IT Officer Chris Funderburg.

Volunteer Policy

Our Volunteer Coordinator, Alan Jones, developed a Volunteer Policy for PaganAid. The policy was created to emphasise our desire for supporters to be actively involved in running the charity and raising funds. It helps us to ensure that all volunteers will be treated in a fair and consistent way and will help our volunteers understand what support is available to them and what they can expect from us. We will be conducting a volunteer recruitment drive in the second half of 2017.

Public Liability Insurance

To ensure that volunteers and the public are protected, the Board has purchased (in July 2017) the Small Charity Connect Insurance Policy from Ansvar Insurance. This includes the following cover:

  • Public & Product Liability - £1,000,000
  • Employers Liability (for volunteers) - £10,000,000
  • Trustees & Directors Indemnity - £100,000

The insurance only applies to the UK, and so for the time being we will only recruit volunteers based in the UK.

Communications Policy

In March 2017, the Board approved PaganAid’s Communications Policy. This policy guides and supports the officers and volunteers of PaganAid to communicate effectively with internal and external audiences so that

  • PaganAid's values and beliefs are expressed both in what we say and the way we say it;
  • our audiences have a clear understanding of what PaganAid is, what we do and how we do it; and
  • we increase support for sustainable development in general and PaganAid in particular.

We would like to thank everyone for their most generous support, and we look forward to building on these foundations and bringing on board more volunteers and supporters in the year ahead. We will also be making more grants on behalf of the Pagan community to projects that protect Mother Earth and help reduce chronic poverty - watch this space!