Tim and I believe strongly in using our work to help others less fortunate than ourselves. So we support a few different charities and use some of the Tudor Society revenue to do this (as well as supporting some talented historians, authors and bloggers).
Here are a few of the charities we support:
Rope (Relief for Oppressed People Everywhere)
ROPE is committed to combating the impact of oppressive poverty across the world. Motivated by Christian compassion, Rope works through a network of partners (Ropeholders). They share their goal of actively addressing the immediate needs of individuals and communities, whilst always striving to create a vision for long term sustainable change in the lives of the poor.
100% of all gifts given to Rope are used for the direct benefit of the poor. Rope has a separate charity, Friends of Rope, which fundraises to cover the running costs of the organisation. Find out more at http://www.rope.org.uk/
Projects we have supporting in the past include one in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Ropeholder there was endeavouring to train young women, who had come from very difficult family circumstances and had been sex workers from a very young age. The project trained them in tailoring and sewing and provides pastoral care and support for them. Once they have graduated, they receive their own sewing machine and many have gone on to start up small successful businesses in their local communities. It was a very worthwhile project and we were honoured to be involved in it.
With KIVA, you can lend money to entrepreneurs around the world help their families, businesses and communities. For example, we have recently helped a refugee in the Lebanon by lending him money to help buy dairy cattle, and a woman in India to buy goats for her dairy business. They gradually pay off the loan and then the money can be used again to help others in need. A wonderful idea as you're helping people to help themselves longterm.
Find out more at https://www.kiva.org/
GOAL for the Gambia
Some friends who had visited the Gambia and met Sandy (from the charity) told us about this charity and we sponsor a child through it and also support education in the area.
GOAL for the Gambia support five schools and also support a health project. It is a very worthwhile cause. You can find out more about them at https://www.goalforthegambia.co.uk/
Family for Every Child
Tim and I also give regularly to Family for Every Child, and sponsor a child through them. They describe themselves as "a global alliance of local civil society organisations working together to improve the lives of vulnerable children around the world." You can find out more about them at https://familyforeverychild.org/