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Development & Fundraising

‘Development’ facilitates many great projects at The Beacon.  The department focuses on raising funds within the wider community to facilitate our long term Vision.  It also encompasses the work of our Alumni Co-ordinator, ensuring that the Beacon network remains accessible to Old Beaconians (OBs) long after their education here is over.

Below you can read about Development at The Beacon; you can also contact our Head of Development for further information.

Why does The Beacon fundraise?

Similar to many of its independent peers, The Beacon does not have a large endowment from which to call when projects require significant resourcing.  

Fees paid by parents are carefully monitored to ensure value for money and support the ongoing day-to-day costs of running a busy and vibrant independent school, where the quality of education and care is of absolute importance.

Education is a real opportunity for all - and we must ensure that the education The Beacon provides is innovative, modern and truly preparatory for a young person's future success.  Often, this means providing significant improvements to the site and its facilities.  This is where fundraising comes in as fees alone cannot cover the costs of significant site investment. We welcome the charitable support of our broad community and enjoy sharing our projects with those who wish to support us.  

Supporting Beacon Bursaries

An independent education should be accessible to the broadest range of young people.  With this in mind, we are growing our Beacon Bursary Fund to ensure that boys for whom a Beacon education may be financially tricky can still attend the school.

Read more about the Beacon Bursary Fund here, where you can apply for a bursary or donate towards the fund.

Capital Projects

As the school's Vision progresses, there will be a timeline of capital projects which have been identified as significant enhancements to the educational provision of The Beacon.

As these are identified and approved, some will be beyond the scope of financial reserves of the school and therefore open to our charitable community to support.

Capital projects can be truly transformative creations and will benefit not only current pupils but those in future generations - they really make a mark in the history of The Beacon.

Leave a Legacy

Leaving a legacy to The Beacon and notifying the school of your intentions allows the school to plan for its future in a truly meaningful way.  It enables us to thank our legator supporters during their lifetime, ensuring all are involved in the donor recognition programme.

 

Is The Beacon a charity?

The Beacon Educational Trust Limited is a charitable company (registered in England No. 01067862). Our Registered Charity No. is 309911 and this enables supporters to benefit from tax-efficient giving, as well as allowing the trust to receive Gift Aid on donations.

 

Our Commitment to Our Supporters

The Beacon is deeply committed to its donors and remains dedicated to treating friends and supporters with the highest level of care and respect.  This Donor Charter has been produced to assure donors and potential donors of the integrity and accountability of the School’s fundraising efforts.   

Supporters should expect: 

To be treated by members of the Trustees, Governors and all staff involved with the solicitation and receipt of donations in a fair, transparent, accurate and honest manner in accordance with all applicable laws and the professional code of fundraising ethics and good practice. 

To be informed in all fundraising solicitations of the School’s name, contact details and charitable status. 

To receive fundraising solicitations and stewardship reports from the School that are truthful, accurately describe the School’s activities and the intended/ actual uses of donated funds. 

To receive appropriate and timely acknowledgement, recognition, and publicity for their donation in accordance with the donors’ wishes. 

To be consulted swiftly if their donation cannot be used for its intended purpose and have it repaid if agreement cannot be reached within a short period of time for an alternative use. 

To be kept informed of the impact of their philanthropy and the School’s evolving needs and priorities. This includes receiving progress reports on supported activity and invitations in attend relevant events to see first-hand the benefits their support brings to the School. 

To have their support treated as anonymous if requested. 

That the School will not sell its donor list to any third party. 

To be assured that donors’ rights to privacy and confidentiality will be respected with all their records kept secure and that there will be compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. 

To be asked in writing for permission to be cited in case studies and other promotional material (including photographs) prior to publication. 

To offer the opportunity for major gifts to be marked in a specific way - by the naming of a building, room or project. 

To have their details removed from the School’s fundraising database or the number/ type of solicitations limited if so requested. 

To have access to the School’s most recent published financial accounts and be assured that the School’s financial affairs are conducted in a responsible manner, consistent with the ethical obligations of stewardship and legal requirements of the Charity Commission of England and Wales. 

The School will respond within 30 days to a complaint by a donor or prospective donor about any matter relating to the School’s alumni or fundraising activities. A member of the School Leadership will attempt to satisfy the complainant’s concerns in the first instance. A complainant who remains dissatisfied will be informed that he/she may appeal in writing to the School who will respond to this appeal within a further 30 days