About JMB Educational Fund

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. 

Nelson Mandela

Our History

The Charity originated from a meeting between John Brown (Trustee and Founder) and Father Moran (First Principal of St Xavier’s School) in 1960 whilst John was volunteering at a Tibetan refugee organisation.

This was the beginning of a long relationship with the Jesuits, and Nepal, which led to another visit in 1999 and the formation of a charity called ‘Sponsor a Child in Nepal’ with a remit to provide grants to deprived students at St Xavier’s School. In 2015 the charity changed its name to ‘JMB Educational Fund’ to reflect the widening activities; namely a Further Education Fund and the ability to contribute to improvements to the School’s infrastructure.

Our Team

Our team consists of a group of volunteers who manage all aspects of the Charity.

At its core the Trustee & Management Board, consisting of family and non-family members, are responsible for all the management and administrative tasks. In addition, there are three young ambassadors who help to increase awareness of the Charity amongst the students of St Xavier’s School as well as engaging with the younger demographic in both the UK & Nepal.

None of those involved with the Charity are paid for their time or reimbursed for any personal travel or accommodation expenses and administrative costs are kept to a minimum.

Governance

There are two main documents that govern the activities of JMB Educational Fund:

  • The JMB Educational Fund Constitution of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation whose only voting members are its Charity Trustees – 30 September 2015.
  • A three-way Memorandum of Understanding between JMB Educational Fund, St Xavier’s School, Godavari and the Nepal Jesuit Society.  This document sets out the operating model for the three parties and is aligned with the policies of both the School and the Charity on a range of matters including Safeguarding and Data Protection.
  • The Charity is a member of Trust Advice (formerly Advice For the Voluntary Sector (AFVS).  The organisation offers high quality and low cost support and advise to members on a range of matters including compliance and training.

Our Values

Integrity

Integrity is at the centre of everything we do. We aspire to operate the Charity to the highest standards of honesty and behaviour; both at the personal level (our officers and agents) and at the organisational level (the Charity as an entity).

Relationships

Our sponsors, our donors, the students and the school staff are front and centre of everything we do and we ensure that we have their best interests at heart. Our relationship with St Xavier’s school is fundamental to the Charity. We are committed to protecting, nurturing and developing that relationship.

Respect & Inclusivity

We treat all those with whom we interact with respect and courtesy. We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We respect and value each other.

Responsibility

We are committed to growing the Charity in a responsible and sustainable manner such that the funding provided is consistent and long-term. We are committed to using our resources efficiently, achieving measurable results, and being accountable to our sponsors and donors. We operate with the utmost transparency. We strive to be financially-efficient which includes minimising operating expenses.