Trustee Role

About Be One Percent

Our mission is to help those living in extreme poverty through one simple idea: people give 1% of their income to the world’s poorest communities.

Be One Percent members donate 1% of their income each month through a standing order or recurring online payment and we partner that money with a charity on an agreed project to help eradicate and reduce extreme poverty.

Businesses fund our running costs so 100% of individuals’ donations can go to projects on the ground.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for deciding who receives a Be One Percent grant. We pride ourselves on finding the most efficient charities working in their field and partnering with them on projects which have a life-changing impact.

In Stats

Since 2011 we have raised over £813,000 funding more than 125 projects benefitting around 550,000 people in the world’s poorest communities.

You can see every one of our life-changing projects here

Strategy for 2021 onwards

The Trustees are continually exploring new projects that fit our criteria for support. Over the coming twelve months we are looking to expand the variety of projects we are supporting, with a particular eye on the projects being able to be self-sufficient and ecologically sustainable. The Trustees are also actively looking to engage in projects on continents that we have had less involvement with in the past – for example Asia and South America.

We’ve grown slowly and steadily since 2011. We are proud of our small community of like-minded people and plan to continue to support them in their giving as well as looking to seek growth through online channels, word of mouth as well as a comprehensive in person and online events programme.


Data for financial year ending 31 March 2021 and before is available to view on the Charity Commission website.

Background of the board

Be One Percent is governed by a board of trustees who are responsible for all governance matters within the organisation. The Board’s key focus is on the statutory and strategic issues for Be One Percent including deciding where the monthly grant should be partnered.

Personal Specification

We are looking for new board members to add a fresh perspective to what we do.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from:

  • Young people 18-25 who have an interest and passion for overseas development
  • Individuals with significant corporate experience
  • Individuals who have significant experience of working in overseas development

Applicants need not have direct experience within the third sector but should be able to demonstrate a passion for our work.

Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Act collectively as part of the Board, participating and encouraging healthy debate
  • Undertake a duty of care in acting reasonably and prudently in all Board matters
  • Be available in person or by Zoom to attend board meetings in central Liverpool three to four times in 12 months


The position is unpaid, although Be One Percent will reimburse travel costs up to £100 per board meeting and other direct expenses incurred.

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