Victim Support is to give £1 for each of its 1,500 employees in support of Charity Employees Benevolent Fund (CEBF), the benevolent fund for the charity sector which offers welfare advice and small grants to former and current charity employees, when they have no-where else to turn.
CEBF reports that it has seen a very steep rise in the numbers of grant applications. Over 40 have been received this quarter, nearly three times as many as the same period last year. Enquiries to CEBF have increased tenfold.
CEBF General Manager, Hilary Greengrass, said: "We hope other large charity employers will accept the need these numbers reveal and adopt this sharing principle. It's a relatively small amount of money and we certainly make it go a long way. Smaller charities, the majority, are often just not in a position to support their employees; this is about reaching out across the entire sector."
Javed Khan, chief executive of Victim Support, said: "This gift is about supporting all those who work in the charity sector, just as they have helped others when they had the chance. Victim Support is one of the UK’s larger charities and as such it’s our responsibility to help charity employees during tough times."
CEBF has been urging charities to contribute to its funds. In January 2012 NSPCC committed itself to an annual donation based on its employee numbers.