We aim to help the people in the world who are in the greatest need, regardless of race, religion, gender or nationality. If you support our work, that’s what your money will be going towards. We do this by:
- identifying the places of greatest poverty
- working through local churches, church-based and Christian partners to seek out and help the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in those places.
We operate through local churches wherever we can, training and equipping them to end poverty and rebuild their communities. They’re on the ground and they stay there. They can identify the greatest need in a place. We also believe:
- churches are the most powerful local and global network for God’s love to reach people in poverty
- churches care for the whole person, inside and out. This makes lasting, sustainable change for an individual and a community possible.
We try to stay invisible. Most of what we do is about communities taking themselves through a facilitated process to name their own needs, recognise their own strengths, and find their own solutions to poverty. We model this all over the world. It’s effective, long-lasting, far-reaching and transformative. Support us regularly and you can follow communities as they go through this process here or read more about it here.
We respond to disasters. In the most vulnerable places we’re experts in helping people prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters.
We’re advocates for justice. We campaign in the UK and across the world for just policies that will support people in poverty.
We’re professional and accountable. We’re signatories to the Red Cross Code of Conduct and are certified against the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership Standard. We’re recognised for our expertise in relief, development and advocacy.
We use your money carefully. For every pound Tearfund receives, approximately 90 pence goes to our long term development work, humanitarian work, advocacy and campaigning. Approximately 9 pence is spent raising funds (which compares well with similar organisations) and less than one penny in every pound on costs of governance. All our spending is overseen by the Charity Commission, which regulates all of Britain’s charities.