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Our 100% Pledge

Children belong in families,
not orphanages

Our pledge to you

Thanks to the generous support of J.K. Rowling and others, 100% of the money you give to Lumos will go directly to Lumos projects and not to overhead or administrative costs.

Lumos pledges to ensure that 100% of public donations will go directly to fund our projects.


With the right resources and support, we can end the institutionalisation of children globally by 2050. We cannot achieve this alone. The support of our donors, campaigners and friends is vital, so we want to make sure that we operate an efficient and effective organisation, directing our donors’ money where it is most needed. This is where our 100% pledge comes in.

In 2008, our inspirational founder and President, J.K. Rowling, gave Lumos the gift of the rights to her book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and the charity has already received over £18m in income as a result. This money is being directed to cover Lumos’ core running costs – including administration, fundraising and office costs. Thanks to the generous support of J.K. Rowling and others, 100% of the money you give to Lumos will go directly to Lumos projects and not to overhead or administrative costs. 

The following core running costs will be covered by our 100% pledge


  • Fundraising and administration costs
  • Governance costs
  • Rent, service charges and utilities
  • Business rates and insurance
  • Utilities such as electricity, postage and carriage
  • Telephone and fax
  • Cleaning and office stationery services and expenses
  • IT services
  • Bank charges
  • Recruitment, HR costs, audit, payroll and accountancy fees

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