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The Coopers’ Company itself is not a Charity but the Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants for the time being are the Trustees of Coopers Charity which is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“the Charity”).
The Charity is an amalgamation of five former charitable trusts (see 'Benefactors' in the left menu), of varying ages of foundation, which have derived their income from bequests made throughout the Company's history and the distribution of this income is governed by the Charity’s constitution.
The Charity was granted formal approval by The Charity Commission in December 2013. The Trustees are responsible for the proper distribution of funds, which in practice is administered by the Charities Committee which reports to the Trustees annually.
The former charitable trusts comprise the Ratcliff Pension Charity, the Palmer Foundation, the Harold Griffin Gift Fund, the Strode’s Egham Pension and Eleemosynary Charity and the William Alexander’s Coopers’ Liverymen Fund.
Objects of the Charity
The Charity is established for the public benefit to make grants for the following charitable purposes as the Trustees in their absolute discretion may determine:
The Coopers' Livery Housing Fund (CLHF)
In partnership with the Shaftesbury Housing Group and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the CLHF created an innovative project and a significant step in the improvement of services for older people in Tower Hamlets through the building of Coopers Court. To celebrate our quincentenary in 2001 the Company raised over £500,000 to create sheltered accommodation, comprising of 40 flats, in Tower Hamlets.