Sackler Trust stops UK charitable donations

The Sackler Trust, that made more than £60m worth of donations to UK institutions since 2010, is suspending all donations over alleged connections to the US opioid crisis.

The decision, in the face of a public outcry and media campaigns, is the latest in recent questions being raised over the ethics of sources funding. Although the Trust has had no allegations made against it, the funding provided by the parent company is clearly under scrutiny. The case illustrates how reputation can be quickly brought into question and echoes the BP issues in funding of the Tate.

Ruth Murphy, head of charities at Brewin Dolphin comments: “The decision as to whether to accept funding from an organisation or charitable trust can be tough for the beneficiary cause. Trustees must balance the needs of beneficiaries and their cause with the moral dilemma of the source of funds and how they manage their financial affairs. This is neither the first nor the last time a charitable organisation will have to wrestle with this dilemma.”

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