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 Annual Review 2019-2020:

"TDT is dependent on donations from a relatively small number of individuals, on-line giving campaigns and partner trusts. It does not receive any funding from Government, international agencies, or corporations, although this would be welcomed.

Its income has more than doubled over the last twelve years, but is still insufficient for the number of projects we would like to fund. Many projects have to be delayed, put on hold, or can only be part funded because of lack of cash.  For example, we have successfully funded water harvesting schemes in schools and village community clinics so that they have access to clean water.  Funding girls’ hostels in government secondary school spares girls from walking up to 4 hours a day.  We want to replicate these in other locations.

The projects funded by TDT in 2019-20 fall into five main groups, linked to agriculture, clean water, employment and women’s livelihoods, education, and community.  Many of the projects have multiple benefits within the communities they serve, and contribute to the growth of the local economy in these marginalised communities in more than one way.

An important by-product of TDT’s work is the development of leadership skills within rural communities, helping them to become self-sufficient.  We try to raise the aspirations of younger Tanzanians, particularly girls, by providing access to life-changing opportunities.  And we look for sustainability and continuity in all of our projects, using technology that is within the maintenance capabilities of the recipients."

Read the full Annual Review 2019-2020