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Reg Charity 288585



Reg Charity 288585



Welcome to BOAT!   Our charity was founded in 1984 by a group from the 9.30 Family Mass at Blackfriars in Oxford, who wanted to reach out to communities across the world.

We have two charitable aims – the relief of poverty and the advancement of education, in Asia, Africa and South and Central America.  In practice that translates into support for a range of projects (16 or 17 at any one time) mainly in the areas of health, community development or education.  



We want our funding really to “make a difference”.  So we support small scale or grass-roots projects with regular grants (currently around £2,500 a year).  Occasionally we make a one-off grant (for things like water tanks or grinding mills).  More often a project will be funded for three years and then considered for renewal on a rolling basis.

We always look for projects with some link to the congregation or the Dominican order.  Though many have Catholic links, that is not a condition, and we don’t fund any form of evangelisation.  We aim to help communities find long term solutions to their needs, rather than short term fixes, although from time to time, we do give money to help with emergencies.  



  • In Ethiopia – helping to provide education to the most disadvantaged in the village of Zizencho;
  • In Grenada and Nicaragua – providing better nutrition for schoolchildren, to improve their educational attainment;
  • In India – supporting a school for the children of rag pickers in a slum outside Delhi;
  • In Myanmar – enabling communities to have access to clean drinking water through the provision of water tanks;
  • In Peru – supporting a township project to reduce childhood malnutrition and domestic violence;
  • In the Philippines – assisting the indigenous Subaanen people to access health care and education;
  • In Uganda – helping poor families in Kigumba become self-sufficient by setting up a poultry project.

Information about the different projects supported by BOAT is contained in the Annual Report, which is available online by clicking here.

In addition to our regular projects, we also support a project every year through donations raised specifically during Lent.  The BOAT Lenten Project is chosen by the 9.30 Family Mass congregation and, in 2018 (and 2017 and 2015), it was felt very strongly that the work of the Dominican Sisters in Iraq should be the object of our fundraising; the strength of this desire was reflected in the amounts raised (which have been larger than ever before).

You can find out more about BOAT from the overview on the Charity Commission website by clicking here.



In 2017, we raised around £55,000 and gave grants of around £50,000 in total.  We spent under £620 on administration (bank costs and producing our annual report).

We also have a personal link with all of our projects.  Each of our Trustees keeps in touch throughout the year with one or two projects and gets to understand the challenges and achievements of the people we are working with.  That’s often a very humbling experience and is a wonderful insight into the wider world for them and for the congregation as a whole. 



We are very lucky in the generosity of the congregation at Blackfriars and a wider group of supporters.  We hold regular fundraising events (cafes, concerts, sales of recycled greetings cards and produce).  But we rely on the income we get from our regular donors to be sure we can commit to longer term funding.  If you would like to support our projects, please print out the banker's order form and send it to BOAT, Porter’s Lodge, Blackfriars, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LY.

A Word version of the banker's order can also be downloaded clicking here.

Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust (BOAT)

Registered Charity No. 288585

A Banker’s Order for regular donations, which can be cancelled by you at any time, greatly helps BOAT.  We need more people to give regularly so that we can predict over a year how much money we can send to our projects overseas. 

Please see below for an explanation of why and how we use your data, and your rights in respect of that data.



In line with the transparency and information objectives of the General Data Protection Regulation, also known as the GDPR, BOAT, as a data controller, wishes to provide supporters with the following information:

Personal data we may hold: The personal data we may hold includes your name and address, your telephone and email contact details, and your bank account details. We only collect data directly from you, often in connection with a Gift Aid declaration.

Purposes of Processing: We hold your data for our legitimate interests of keeping you informed about BOAT's activities, maintaining our accounting and tax records and promoting our general charitable purposes.

Recipients: We do not share your personal data with third parties other than our professional advisors, as necessary, and with HMRC if you have completed a Gift Aid declaration.

Retention Period: As many of our supporters have completed Gift Aid declarations, the personal data we hold is part of our tax records. In line with our tax record- keeping obligations, we generally hold your personal data for a period of 7 years after your last contact with us.

Data Subject Rights: Under the GDPR, you may be entitled to obtain information on the processing of your personal data, to object to the processing of your personal data, to make use of your right to data portability and to have your personal data rectified or deleted or its processing restricted. You are also entitled to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, which is generally the supervisory authority where you work and/or are resident.

If you have given us consent for the processing of your personal data, you are entitled to revoke such consent at any time. Such revocation will not affect our continued processing of this personal data if we are entitled to continue doing so for a lawful purpose under the GDPR. For example, we may determine that we need to maintain your personal data for our legitimate purpose of maintaining accurate Gift Aid records.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the processing of your personal data or the terms of this Notice or want to exercise your rights as outlined above, you should contact John Thanassoulis or Filomena Nave at the following address: Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust, c/o Blackfriars Priory, 64 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LY.

News & Events

13th Sep
The Scovil Scholarship in Christian Art and Theology

New scholarship offered by the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford and Blackfriars Hall.

25th Jun
Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2018

'Ethical Issues in Psychiatric Diagnosis' - July 2018, 4.30pm

24th Apr
'Did the Saviour See the Father?'

Fr. Simon Gaine's book, now out in paperback.

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