The Bulldog Trust provides development support to small charities and social enterprises to enable transformational change. Fundamental to the Trust’s work is the belief small organisations are best placed to identify their own needs.
Since its inception in 1983 the Trust has been actively involved with a broad range of projects. To generate the greatest impact, the Trust not only offers grants but encourages charities to utilise the broad experience of the trustees, staff and the Engaging Experience philanthropy network for strategic assistance.
The Engaging Experience philanthropy network inspires and supports professionals interested in becoming involved in the charitable/not-for-profit sector by connecting them with organisations in need of their commercial skills.
The Bulldog Trust aims to support charities and social enterprises in ways that ensure all donations create maximum benefit. The grant-making strategy is based on the belief that those running smaller organisations are also those who are best placed to know what their organisation needs to move forward. The Trust therefore sets no criteria for its grants but judges each application on its own merit and provides feedback to all candidates. From 2017 all grant-making will be done through the Temple Place Partnership .
The Bulldog Donor Fund is a bespoke, tax-efficient, donor-advised fund service for substantial donors which promotes and simplifies giving.
The magnificent neo-gothic mansion on the Embankment is the headquarters of the Trust and a focal point for many of its activities. Two Temple Place is open to the public during the annual winter exhibitions (January – April each year) showcasing collections from outside London and supporting emerging curatorial talent. It also hosts many of the Trust’s charitable initiatives including the Engaging Experience philanthropy network, partnership events with other organisations including New Philanthropy Capital, the Fulbright Commission and third party charity events. The house is also available for private hire throughout the year. Please see www.twotempleplace.org for more details.
Doorstep Library Network provides a home-based reading service to children living on housing estates with a high level of deprivation. Specially trained Home-Reading volunteers instil a love of reading in children (up to 11 years old) who are at risk of underachievement at school. In 2015 GBT/BT collaborated with the CriSeren Foundation to fund the development of a business plan and funding strategy for a ‘six-library hub model’ that can be replicated.
Photograph courtesy of Doorstep Library Network