The funds have been built up and distributed over a number of years. The investment of these funds is professionally managed, and any dividends then disbursed by the Charity Committee.
Final decisions about any donations are made by the Court of the Company upon the recommendation of this Committee. The main focus is on young people, gifted or needy or quite often both. University bursaries are generally given to students studying for degrees in Metallurgy or Material Sciences. Equally important is the support given to apprenticeship schemes.
Generally, but not entirely exclusively, awards are given direct to individuals. In that way, modest amounts can have an immediate impact for good. The Company endeavours to keep in touch with beneficiaries.