Tony Blair’s interfaith charity spent half its £4 million income last year on staffing and office costs.
New figures seen by Heat Street confirm that during 2015 the Tony Blair Faith Foundation received donations of £4,067,000 – up just over £1 million on the previous 12 months.
— Tony Blair Faith Fdn (@tonyblair_TBFF) October 7, 2016
Of this, £1,717,000 was spent on staffing costs and a further £274,000 paid for renting and refurbishing its offices.
Its American arm, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation US, received donations of £1,889,000, providing almost half the annual total raised.
The foundation’s headquarters are in London but it apparently worked in 19 different countries throughout the year including Israel and Nigeria.
Its central aim is to counter religious extremism through education and raising awareness via its website.
According to the figures, lodged with Companies House in London, the foundation employs 37 people. Six are paid between £60,000 and £110,000 per year.
— Tony Blair Faith Fdn (@tonyblair_TBFF) September 29, 2016
It was established in 2008. Blair is its patron. Its trustees are Jeremy Sinclair; Lady Rebuck; Sir Michael Barber; and Robert Clinton.
The staff focussed on four main areas of charitable activity during 2015: “Supporting leaders”; “Education”; “Research”; and “Advocacy”.
The accounts also boast of a cushion of unspent “funds” the charity has which total £3,970,000.
Last month Blair revealed he would be closing his global advisory firm, Tony Blair Associates, having banked an estimated £100 million.