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 MyDonate. 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.

graph of fund raising sources 2017/8

From the 2016/2017 Annual Report:

“As an entirely voluntary organisation with no establishment costs, TDT maintains no significant reserves.  Every year, therefore, we have to raise funds to support the current year’s projects.  2017/2018 was a good year.  Total TDT project spend of £138,995 was up on the previous year’s £118,630.  Income for TDT projects was also well up at £130,137 (2017 £111,065).  Both figures exceeded the average since 2010.  Excluding funds remitted to FGM-related projects, project expenditure was the highest since 2014.  96% of expenditure was in water (28%), education (26%), FGM and girls’ rights (18%), health (12%), support for women (7%) and agriculture (5%).  However, there is considerable crossover between categories, particularly water and education.  These good outcomes reflect significant support from a range of Trusts, and a very useful contribution from legacies and gifts in memory of several different supporters and BTS members.  These Trusts and legacies have been listed and thanked in the Chairman’s report.  Our most active years have tended to be those when we have received legacies, and we would ask all our supporters to bear this in mind when considering their own Wills.”

Read the full 2017/2018 Annual Report