“In the face of significant changes and prevailing economic conditions the board of trustees have to announce the charity’s closure from today” reads the statement from The British Association of Adoption and Fostering. They went into liquidation a few days ago.
With 450 corporate members – local authorities, independent fostering agencies, voluntary adoption agencies, NHS trusts, law firms and voluntary organisations – and 1400 individual members the liquidation of BAAF is arguably more significant than the closure of Kids Company. The allegations fueling the national news agenda are burning Kids Company to the ground.
Fortunately the foundations are in tact. The closures happened within four days of each other. The difference is that Kids Company were beaten into submission by public hounding: A relentless attack of deliberately placed misinformation at a crucial time in its own fundraising strategy: not the fault of the press or the media. They are only dancing to a tune already played.
There has been a campaign to encourage, through curated supposition, that something shady must be going on at Kids Company. Camilla is accused of having a personality. But let’s be serious. It’s not her personality and charm tjat raised the millions needed for the last fifteen years. It’s results. Kids Company has been granted funds based on continual solid practice and successful results.
Through independent reports and audits the people who fund Kids Company know how good the practice is. As for one very clearly identifiable funder the question should be What is it about Kids Company and its practice and success which made one of its funders pull the plug by using finance as the lever?
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