The British Asian Trust was founded in July 2007 by a group of British Asian business leaders at the suggestion of HRH The Prince of Wales.
It serves as a ‘social fund’ to support high impact charities within the areas of education, enterprise and health in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UK.
The British Asian Trust has a particular focus on researching, identifying and then supporting its chosen projects. Our emphasis on impact measurement ensures that any giving through, or in partnership with, our fund is both effective and sustainable.
Soon after inception, The British Asian Trust conducted an extensive survey amongst British citizens of South Asian descent to assess the greatest obstacles to effective and increased philanthropy. The results suggested:
The Trust’s research concluded that the vast majority of charitable giving fails to have the desired impact, through ineffective governance.
The above context informed the Trust’s Approach.