It was soon after his Christian commitment in the mid-60’s that this pop singer had to think carefully how he was to use his money. He says there were two governing Biblical principles, "Firstly, it was the love of money (not money itself) that was the root of all evil. Secondly, to be good and responsible stewards of what was entrusted to us."
As Cliff explains, "Clearly I had to start re-routing some of the cash, and the old-fashioned tythe basis was a good place to start. Random, haphazard giving seemed unsatisfactory and, with a rather complex earning base, I’d never be able to keep tabs of what I was giving.
A formal Charitable Trust was the obvious channel. It was business like, tax efficient and, most important, probably the most helpful to Charities. The Cliff Richard Charitable Trust was set up more than 20 years ago. It’s enabled me to encourage rather than enable, hundreds of charitable projects and programmes in this country and abroad. In the main, my policy has been to give a number of relatively small grants to several Charities rather than large sums to few.
For me it’s been a privilege and, although it sounds trite, I really do believe that it’s the giver who receives more than the given".