Our cash budget sometimes surprises people because it is not higher. The truth is that we are able to manage on a relatively modest budget because we are given pro bono services and donated goods.
Rent: The Government of the Hong Kong SAR kindly permits us the use of our premises: the former Perowne Barracks site in Tuen Mun, 3.2 hectares. For our work needs, we pay a peppercorn rent of $1 a year. For our accommodation needs, we pay rent.
Staff: None of our 70 full time staff receives a salary. Their efforts are augmented by several hundred community volunteers, each week.
Gifts in Kind: Over 2000 companies and almost 8000 individuals donate goods for redistribution to people in need locally and around the world. Major companies include Bloomberg, Ikea, Nestle, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Swire, Nike International, H&M, Cathay Pacific, Carrefour, Cisco, Credit Suisse Group, IBM, Hong Kong Disneyland, Leighton, Langham Hotel, Louis Vuitton, Mandarin Hotel, Marks & Spencer, Columbia Sportswear, Timberland, Sun Hung Kai.
Design: Hong Kong Disneyland is partnering on design for future experiential education exhibits. Beck & Caul kindly donated us the design for our website.
Humanitarian Transport: Transport companies routinely sponsor shipments or freight needs including, among many, APL, Cathay Pacific, CMA-CGM, COSCO, Crown, CTS, Cathay Dragon, HACTL, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd, MTR, Maersk, Santa Fe, OOCL, Zim.
Accounting: BDO (formerly Grant Thornton) gives all accounting services, including our annual audit.
Engineering: Arup provides expertise on our plans for development of this site.
Building Projects: Swire, Gammon and others provide expertise for construction. The British Council and the Royal Bank of Scotland have provided additional sponsorship of building projects.
Architects: Nelson Chen & Associates give freely of their expertise for our planning.
Information Technology: Microsoft has sponsored customised development of business process automation software (as well as our email and cloud storage). Cisco is a strategic partner, underpinning many of our technology needs and those of the people that we serve.
NGO/IGO Partners: We work alongside the United Nations, Oxfam, Red Cross, Rotary, World Vision.
Food: Some of our food is donated, when a day old, by Feeding HK, La Rose Noire and through Foodlink: the HK NGO which brings surplus hotel food to NGOs.
You can find our full list of sponsors here.
Photo below: We have received years of pro bono support from Arup Group Ltd, Hong Kong Disneyland, Nelson Chen Architects Ltd and Gavin Coates. Here they collaborate with us on plans to develop the Global Village.