Allchurches Trust

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Allchurches Trust is a large national charity in the United Kingdom, headquartered in Gloucester. It was established in 1972 to act as the beneficial owner of the major insurance company Ecclesiastical Insurance, whose profits it receives. It is affiliated to the Church of England.

It is a registered charity and its objects are to promote the Christian religion and to provide funds for other charitable purposes.[1]

Initially, most of its grants were for the repair and maintenance of church buildings. Now it also supports projects that more widely benefit local communities, reflecting changes in society.


It does not fundraise; it receives its funds from the business it owns, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG), which passes on to Allchurches Trust a significant proportion of its profits. EIG is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

In 2015 the charity received £23million from Ecclesiastical Insurance.[2]

Elliott Review and safeguarding controversy[edit]

In March 2016 Ecclesiastical and AllChurches Trust received considerable public criticism for their role in the withdrawal of pastoral support from a church sex abuse survivor. At the time one of the trustees of AllChurches Trust was Bishop Nigel Stock, senior aide at Lambeth Palace to Archbishop Justin Welby. The survivor in this case had written 17 unanswered letters to the Archbishop and attempted to alert him to concerns that later formed the Elliott Review.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Charity Commission. Allchurches Trust Limited, registered charity no. 263960. 
  2. ^ Church Times: Ecclesiastical to give away £23 million
  3. ^ O'Neill, Sean. "Anglican insurers told church to shun sex abuse victim". The Times. Retrieved 8 Jan 2017. 
  4. ^ "Church cut contact with child abuse victim on order of insurers". National Secular Society. 16 Mar 2016. Retrieved 8 Jan 2017. 
  5. ^ Evans, Martin (15 March 2016). "Archbishop of Canterbury's office criticised for 'ignoring' abuse complaints". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Joe's letter to the House of Bishops of the Church of England". Surviving Church. 
  7. ^ Bingham, John (21 August 2016). "Church of England warned bishops not to apologise too fully to sex abuse victims". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Gledhil, Ruth (22 August 2016). "Bishops were urged not to apologise fully for child sex abuse to minimise liability risk". Christianity Today. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • National Churches Trust list of major grant funders [1]
  • The Church of England's Just Pray initiative backed by Allchurches Trust [2]
  • Income from Ecclesiastical Insurance Group in 2015 [3]
  • Allchurches Trust supports film 'How to Choose the Perfect Priest' [4]
  • Grant from Allchurches Trust for research project by Ripon College, Cuddesden, into the role of archdeacons in the Church of England [5]
  • Christian Aid visit to study gender justice in a rural community in Kerala India with funding from Allchurches Trust [6]