We rely on charitable donations to fund all of our programmes
We are grateful to receive support from trusts and foundations, companies and generous individuals, without whom, we simply could not continue changing lives through writing.
The graphic shows First Story’s total income for the last financial year, ending June 2018
Income from charitable activities refers to fees paid by our partner schools towards the cost of delivering our intensive Writer-in-Residence programmes. We also generate a very modest income from sales of our anthologies. The majority of First Story’s fundraised income is from trusts and foundations and individuals. Three years of statutory funding by Arts Council England (through its Strategic Fund for Creative Writing in Schools) came to an end in 2018.
Our Current Funders Include
Annual Reports and Accounts
Our trustees’ report annually on First Story’s finances and strategic progress. These annual reports include our audited accounts, detailing all income and expenditure.
View the First Story Trustees’ Annual Report for the year ending June 2018 here.
About First Story’s Reserves Policy
We maintain reserves to safeguard our commitments to ongoing projects in schools and to ensure we can meet the needs of our beneficiaries, in the event of unforeseen circumstances. By holding a sensible amount in reserve, in a designated account, First Story is protected against any sudden, unexpected drops in income. A sensible reserves policy allows us to manage unforeseen financial difficulties, navigate uncertainty, and forward plan with confidence. The trustees regularly review First Story’s reserves policy in line with guidance issued by the Charity Commission.