The British Benevolent Society of California (BBS) is a 501(c)(3) charity who provides aid and relief to British Citizens in need. Our support comes from generous donations, legacies and fundraising by members, and our community in California.
Who We Are
The BBS is made up of predominantly volunteer members, 15 of whom form a Board of Directors who manage the charity and its activities. The Board of Directors each carries a position of responsibility. Through discussion and unity they make all decisions which determine how the charity continues to succeed and deliver its mission.
Individual crisis cases are also bought to the Board in order to discuss and determine if they qualify for financial support from the BBS. The Board is also responsible for fundraising, the investment and management of the charitable monies, legal alignment, coordination with the British Consulate and the marketing of the BBS organization.
Most importantly the BBS Board is focused on helping and supporting British Nationals, residing in the states covered by the Consulates General offices in California, who are desperate and quite literally have no where else to turn for help. The BBS relies on the support of a paid membership program and welcomes anyone who would like to join and help support its cause.
Membership for a year costs a modest $100 and allows the member an opportunity to attend all BBS events and fund raisers whilst supporting individuals who are in desperate need.
Board of Directors
The Board brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to bear on our important work.Read More
Message from Our President
A few words from Charles Cockerton on the work we do, and how you can help.Read More
The British Benevolent Society has roots dating back into the 1850s and 1860s.Read More
"Thank you so much. I’m literally feeling very choked. Covid19 meant I lost my job, & quickly racked up debts. On top of that I've been changing medication & have been in pain to add to the stress. The BBS' support has allowed me to remove that stress & know that I can start to pay a small amount of my debt. I honestly cannot express my appreciation to all your donors.
Nita- Covid19 Grant Recipient