How was the charity governed?

The BBC Wildlife Fund was a grant-making charity, set up in May 2007. It was registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, number 1119286, and constituted as a company limited by guarantee, registered number 6238115.

Trustees, who carried ultimate responsibility for the management of the Fund, were drawn from professionals in relevant areas of the BBC and highly experienced individuals from the fields of wildlife and environment conservation. Together, they also brought significant experience in business and charity management and administration and grant-making. They also drew in advice from independent experts before choosing effective conservation projects to support.

They were responsible for ensuring that all donations were spent wisely and that the charity lived up to its promises.

Technically the Trustees:

  • were legally responsible for the charity
  • made the final decisions on grants
  • took legal responsibility for grant-making

The BBC Wildlife Fund Trustees made the final decisions on all grants. In addition to the wealth of experience on the board, BBC Wildlife Fund had the support of experts in the wildlife sector who formed a Grants Advisory Group.

The Grants Advisory Group informed the grant making process and made recommendations to the Trustees. The group capitalised on the unique nature of the BBC Wildlife Fund by bringing together BBC programme makers and wildlife sector expertise. The final decisions on grants were made on clear wildlife conservation principles.

See a full breakdown of the grants we awarded to organisations around the world

Download Grant spreadsheet [38Kb]

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