Andrews Charitable Trust

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Andrews Charitable Trust (ACT) "is an innovative partnership between business and philanthropy that traces its origins to our founder - Cecil Jackson-Cole...

"Among Jackson-Cole's earliest initiatives was helping turn the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief into Oxfam - which grew rapidly with his professional and innovative guidance. CJC did this by seconding one of his business managers to be the founding Secretary General of Oxfam and meeting the costs of the early, developing organisation. Numerous other examples exist of CJC creating the model of support which ACT has followed for more than forty years. It is the mixture of financial and management support for new and growing organisations (what is now referred to as 'highly engaged grant making') which has delivered such success.

"By the 1950's Andrews had formed Voluntary & Christian Service (VCS), a charitable trust funded, like Andrews Charitable Trust (from its inception in 1965 as the Phyllis Trust) today, from the estate agency, letting and management and land/property development profits. In quick succession VCS and Andrews Charitable Trust spawned charities that are amongst the UK's most dynamic and important. Oxfam's growth was accelerated, Help the Aged and ActionAid were created...

"In addition to development agencies like ActionAid, Andrews Charitable Trust has supported charities such as Church Action with the Unemployed and the Persistent Virus Disease Research Foundation. During the 1990's we established Opportunity Trust (later known as Opportunity International UK), which brings affordable and accessible micro-banking services to some of the world's poorest people." [1]

The following organisations are associated with ACT:

  • Andrews Online The work of Andrews Charitable Trust is funded through its shareholding in the estate agents business of Andrews and Partners
  • Christian Initiative Trust Christian Initiative Trust is one of the three charitable shareholders of Andrews
  • Christian Book Promotion Trust Christian Book Promotion Trust is one of the three charitable shareholders of Andrews


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  1. About, Andrews Charitable Trust, accessed December 2, 2010.
  2. About us, Andrews Charitable Trust, accessed December 2, 2010.