How We Raise Funds

TDT is grateful to all our donors

Over more than  40 years, we have benefitted from a core of consistent donors, many of them making monthly standing order payments, and many of them members of Britain-Tanzania Society.

Every year we are helped in our efforts by the contributions of like-minded trusts and similar organisations. Sometimes we approach them with a project that appears to meet their criteria. Sometimes they approach us. We have worked with many of our partners on numerous projects over several years. Marked in gold on the graph, these partnerships are critical to enable TDT to punch above its weight.

TDT offers our partners the experience of more than 40 years' operating in Tanzania; the ability to effect measurable change at a community level; and a network of committed local representatives able to monitor projects on the ground. If you would like to know more about partnering with TDT, please contact us.

We are indebted, too, to donors who organise events on our behalf, or take on sponsored challenges such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or running a marathon. We are members of online platforms JustGiving and Virgin Giving. Some raise funds for TDT generally, others ask us to advise on a specific project.

In recent years, legacy income (marked in green) has made a significant difference to the number of projects TDT has been able to take on.

Legacies and in memoriam gifts are extremely valuable to TDT's ability to fund projects.  Including a gift in your will is a simple but effective way to leave a lasting legacy, transforming lives and communities in Tanzania. You can make an unrestricted gift, allowing TDT to meet whatever needs are most urgent at the time. Or you can ask that your gift to be used in a particular region of Tanzania or for a particular type of project (e.g. health, education, water etc).  Please contact us if you would like to know more.

From the 2018/2019 Annual Report:

"As an entirely voluntary organisation with no establishment costs, TDT maintains no significant reserves.  Every year, therefore, we raise funds to support the current year’s projects.  General funds, comprising unrestricted donations and most legacies, form the basis of funds available for consideration for TDT project funding at our quarterly Committee meetings. 

TDT disbursed over £100,000 to projects during the year.  The usual solid base of BTS member donations was augmented by support from other Trusts, usually for specific projects. Particularly notable was the contribution from legacies.  Legacies make an enormous difference, and as ever, we would ask all our supporters to bear this in mind when considering their own Wills.   Trusts and legacies have been listed and thanked in the Chairman’s report.

Over the past six years, almost £300,000 has been raised for anti-FGM work, and more than £250,000 disbursed.  In 2018/19, TDT decided to reclassify support to Hope for Girls and Women as a ‘private project’:  whilst we collect and transmit funds for Hope, it lies outside TDT’s ongoing project stream.  The graph above concentrates on TDT projects, and the exclusion of Hope is reflected in lower 2018/19 TDT project spend and lower restricted donations"

Read the full 2018/2019 Annual Report