The Charity Policy (Registered Charity No 257928) of the Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) is to support selected charities with awards using the investment income generated in each financial year. Due to the limited income generated the Policy is that two (on occasions three) charities are beneficiaries of Major Awards; a handful of Minor Awards will also be made.

The following criteria are guidelines for the WCB Charity Committee when considering the beneficiaries of Awards.  The criteria are divided into essential and desirable and it is suggested that 3-4 essential criteria need to be met before supporting a particular charity is agreed.

Essential Criteria – Major Awards

  • A limited number of charities to be supported with meaningful sums which should be in the region of £15000 per annum plus any additional sums during the period of award as may be available subject to the overall funds available and other commitments. 

  • Annual donations are linked to investment income generated.Support should be provided for a period of at least 3 years.  

  • WCB must have a demonstrable relationship with the charity eg WCB providing practical engagement as well as financial support. 

  • Charities that cannot engage with WCB should not be selected.The Charity should provide accreditation of WCB that enhances the profile of WCB. 

Essential Criteria – Minor Awards

  • Minor Awards will be made to a limited number of good causes with which the WCB is linked and represented. 

  • Minor Awards will be reviewed annually but can be expected to be repetitive due to the nature of the “good cause”. In that respect the Charity Committee will receive guidance from the Clerk.

  • Minor Awards are as much a commitment as Major Awards and must be considered simultaneously against the funds available for distribution.

Desirable Criteria for Major Awards 

  • Preferred charities to have nationwide rather than London centric activities.

  • Dependent on successful relationships consideration should be given to extending the initial period of 3 years. 

  • Potential reciprocity, if appropriate, should be sought through hire of Butchers’ Hall and/or involvement and acknowledgement of WCB through PR and other events.

  • The administrative expenses of the charity should be reviewed and considered reasonable in the context of the scope and size of the charity.

Charities Currently Supported

The WCB General Charities are proud to support the following organisations:


Teach First 

Barts Charity    


Lord Mayors Appeal  

Treloar Trust 

ABF The Soldiers Charity 

Poppy Factory

City of London Police Widows and Orphans Fund 

St Pauls Cathedral Foundation 

Contact details:

The Clerk
The Worshipful Company of Butchers
Top Floor, 14 Charterhouse Square,


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