FAQs

Please use our FAQs below.
Can any member ask for help?

The CIOB Benevolent Fund is accessible to all past or present CIOB members and their dependents, worldwide.

What kind of problems can the fund help with?

Members worried about the security of their jobs are welcome to contact us to seek outline advice and information regarding employment rights and options.

We also try to support members who are undergoing financial hardship through redundancy, unemployment, illness or other eventuality.

What kind of financial help is available?

The fund provides financial help for a variety of daily living costs such as household bills or essential travel for work. Grants are also provided to help where there is general financial hardship.

What does the fund not help with?

We regret that the fund does not cover:

  • Membership fees
  • Medical treatment
  • Legal costs
  • Business-related costs
  • Educational costs
  • Personal or business debts
  • Purchase of motor vehicles
How does the process work?

If you’d like to apply for help, you can contact us by phone or email. You can talk to us in complete confidence.

If you are in need of financial assistance, you can download and complete an application form, which will help us to gain a better understanding of your circumstances.

What happens next?

If you download, complete and submit an application form (as an email attachment), this can be considered by the Board of Trustees.  The Board is made up of CIOB Fellows, but is run entirely independently of the Institute. Each application for financial assistance is considered individually and members privacy is respected at all times.

How quickly will I get an answer?

We aim to resolve every application as speedily as possible. Cases are usually decided in a matter of weeks, sometimes within days.

Does the fund keep in touch with members?

That depends. We’re frequently approached for temporary help and are happy to issue one-off grants. However we can keep in contact with members/families who need longer term support.

Where does the money come from?

The CIOB Benevolent Fund was established in 1992 by a group of Fellows concerned at the hardship that some members were facing. Since then it has grown substantially through the ongoing generosity of CIOB members, many of whom voluntarily donate up to £15 when paying their CIOB Subscription.

Created by members, for members, the CIOB Benevolent Fund reflects the CIOB’s core value of promoting dignity and respect throughout the workforce.

What resources does the Benevolent Fund have?

Through careful stewardship of members donations over the years,  the Trustees have invested carefully to ensure that the Benevolent Fund can continue to offer support to members and their families in the future.

How has the CIOB Benevolent Fund supported members over the years?

Since 1992, the Benevolent Fund has offered advice and support to many thousands of members. In addition, the Trustees have provided financial assistance to members and their families, in excess of £600,000.

How can I support the work of the Benevolent Fund?

If you’d like to support the CIOB Benevolent Fund, you can make a donation online via the member’s portal on the CIOB website:  https://portal.ciob.org

You can make a donation worth 20% more by completing and sending us a Gift Aid declaration. Download the Gift Aid form.

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