Charitable Funds

If you find yourself in financial difficulties you will be able to call upon the Institute’s charities to supply assistance when most needed.

The Institute’s charities have been providing financial assistance to its members and their families for more than 128 years. With assets totalling more than £3 million, the Institute’s charities are there to help you and your family in times of need.

The Institute currently runs two charities – the Institute’s Welfare Fund and the OakHill and T P O’Connor Fund.

The Welfare Fund

The Institute’s Welfare Fund is an amalgamation of the former Benevolent, Orphan and Pension Funds (which members agreed to merge in 2018). It will be able to provide a more efficient service of support to our members and their families when experiencing difficulties.

Grants can be provided to any member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, or to any of their immediate family requiring short term financial assistance. 

In addition, the Fund can also provide monthly grants to the orphans of members until they leave full-time education, as well as support to the children of members who are temporarily unable to provide for their family.

Lastly, the Welfare Fund provides a small pension provision to members who find themselves in financial difficulty once they have retired.

Oak Hill and T P O’Connor Fund

The object of the Oak Hill and T P O’Connor Fund is to financially assist any journalist who is recuperating after illness, to pay towards medical treatment, or, assist with the maintenance of sick and aged journalists in poor and necessitous circumstances.

The Fund (an amalgamation of two historic funds) has a limited endowment. It cannot provide funds for continuing medical or nursing care.