Since the Barbara Ward Children's Foundation was registered by the Charity Commission in December 2001 the Trustees have reviewed over 3,500 grant requests and have committed over £7 million to around 300 organisations. The charity has made grants in respect of charitable activities throughout the United Kingdom, but also around the world, helping children in Barbados, Belarus, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine and Zambia.
The BWCF is a small grant-making body that helps the smaller non-religious charities to serve severely disadvantaged children anywhere in the world where our grants are likely to make a real difference. To do this the BWCF focuses its support on financially healthy children’s charities where funding is not forthcoming from statutory bodies, where incomes and fund balances are constantly put to good use and where administration overheads are kept to a minimum. We welcome all applications that fit these simple criteria.
The Foundation's Chairman of Trustees is Barbara herself, with support from six further trustees: Chris Banks, Brian Walters, Ken Parker, Alan Gardner, David Bailey and Chris Brown.