Richard Q Hoare established the Bulldog Trust in 1983 to provide support and advice for charities facing immediate financial difficulties.
As an experienced charity trustee, Richard had seen successful charities flounder as they failed to raise funds for their ongoing administrative costs and wanted to be able to help. He decided the most effective way was to establish a new trust dedicated to his aims, funded with his own capital. Since 1983 the Bulldog Trust’s objectives have broadened but it has remained innovative and responsive, always looking to ensure its donations make a significant difference.
In 1999 Two Temple Place was added to the Trust’s portfolio of assets and the magnificent neo-gothic mansion is integral to many of the Trust’s most successful programmes. The house serves as headquarters, meeting point and inspiration for a varied range of activities.
In 2006, Richard received the OBE for his outstanding contribution to the charitable sector. Patrick Burgess OBE served as Chairman from 2008-2012 and in January 2013, Richard’s son, Charles Hoare took over as chairman.
In 2014 the Trust provided funding to cover administrative support for the dynamic children’s charity Hackney Pirates. Funding has enabled the charity to complete the transition from a small ad hoc charity to a stable service provider, changing the lives of 100s of disadvantaged pupils through volunteer-led after-school sessions promoting literacy and creativity.