The IAO Benevolent Fund was founded in 1930 by Sir Hamilton Harty, then conductor of the Hallé Orchestra. It is a registered charity, No. 216533, and gives financial help to members or former members of Organists’ Associations affiliated to the IAO, and/or their dependants, who are in need. Grants may also be given to sons and daughters of members to help with the cost of organ tuition. The Fund’s annual statements of account is published in Organists’ Review.

The Fund depends on voluntary contributions, some from collections at local association meetings, but mostly from individual members. The IAOBF line on the renewal form of your annual subscription to Organists’ Review is a convenient way to make a gift. Donations, large or small, are equally welcome; you may also wish to remember the Fund in your will.

Please contact the Secretary and Treasurer, Michael Whitehall, 180 Lynn Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 3EB. Tel 01945 463826. Email:

If you know any eligible person who might be in need of help from the Fund, please do not hesitate to contact either the Secretary of your local association or the Secretary of the Fund. All enquiries are dealt with in strict confidence.

At the last meeting of the Trustees and Management Committee of the IAO Benevolent Fund, it was determined that an appeal should be made via the secretaries of all affiliated associations/societies to encourage applications from persons who may qualify to become new beneficiaries. Do you know of any member, former member or dependant, whose financial circumstances could be improved by a small monthly grant from the fund? There are also opportunities for one-off grants to assist students. If you do know of anyone who may qualify, please get in touch with the Secretary.