About us

Illness, redundancy or plain bad luck can happen to anyone. Regardless of qualifications or career pedigree, members sometimes undergo periods of extreme hardship, finding it difficult to make ends meet.

If you’re struggling at work or at home, don’t suffer in silence. The CIOB Benevolent Fund has been providing support for thousands of members and their families since it was set up in 1992. We’re ready and available to offer advice and assistance.

The service is accessible to anyone who either is or has any time been a member of the CIOB and their dependent families. Students are eligible from their second year of CIOB membership onwards.

Our Fund Secretary, Frank MacDonald, is a trained counsellor who offers advice on issues ranging from career development and retraining to employee rights and benefits. Every day Frank talks to members who have, for one reason or another, fallen on hard times. He can be a sounding board for members worried about job security and can also help those seeking financial assistance in circumstances of temporary inability to work through unemployment, illness or injury.

Grants can be issued for a range of reasons, such as helping with general household costs, enabling essential travel to work and supporting children and spouses. All financial assistance is overseen by an independent board of trustees and cases are handled swiftly, sensitively and in the strictest confidence.

The Benevolent Fund has been created almost entirely through the generous donations of members, either through annual subscriptions or fundraising events. It is a unique resource available to members around the world. 

If you’re having a tough time, we can lend a sympathetic ear. Sometimes talking really does help.

Contact us

To find out more about the Benevolent Fund:

You can reach us by phone (01344-630780) or email fmacdonald@ciob.org.uk

Why it matters…

…pass on my heart-felt thanks to the Trustees and members in helping me overcome an insurmountable problem. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

CIOB Benevolent Fund Recipient

This financial help will make such a difference and I am extremely thankful to the Trustees for this assistance.

CIOB Benevolent Fund Recipient