Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas
جمعية اصدقاء نابلس وما حولها ״فونسا״

Accounts 2020-21

These are the Annual Accounts and Annual Report for the FONSA financial year 1st April 2020—31st March 2021. These figures have been reported to our official regulator, OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator).

Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas (known as FONSA) is a registered Scottish charity No. SC038502.

Objectives and activities

Charitable purposes

Relief of Poverty
Advancement of Education
Advancement of Citizenship

Summary of the main activities in relation to these objects

Our current priorities are student support and olive tree planting. We support poor students at university in Nablus by paying their fees. We have a special focus on support for students of Nursing and Midwifery because of the need for improved medical treatments in the area. We continue to support farmers, families and villages in the area by planting olive trees.

Achievements and performance

Summary of the main achievements of the charity during the financial period

Our donors, supporters and partners helped us to continue our work during the Coronavirus lockdown. We benefited from some cancelled events here making available money for Nablus which had an increased need for support. Our income rose but our spending rose even faster. A particular project was provision of food parcels, seedlings, plants and irrigation systems for Nablus villages which were struggling because of the Coronavirus impacts and lockdown.

Financial review


Brief statement on the charity’s policy on reserves

We do not keep reserves but we maintain sufficient funds to meet longer-term projects and seek to fund students until the end of their course (subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need).

Details of any deficit


Donated facilities and services (if any)

Our fundraisers have generously covered all their costs and therefore FONSA has received 100% of the donations made in support of their efforts.
The trustees have not received any remuneration or expenses for their contributions to FONSA.
Our Independent Examiner gave his time without payment.

Financial Statement

Receipts and Payments

Receipts 2020-21 2019-20
Donations £14,039 £10,027
Legacies £0 £0
Grants £0 £0
Receipts from fundraising activities £0 £0
Gross trading receipts £0 £0
Investments £0 £0
Rent £0 £0
Other charitable activities £0 £0
Sale of assets or investments £0 £0
Total receipts £14,039 £10,027
Payments 2020-21 2019-20
Expenses for fundraising activities £0 £0
Gross trading payments £0 £0
Investment management costs £0 £0
Payments relating directly to charitable activities £0 £0
Grants and donations £23,422 £6,070
Governance costs:
Audit / independent examination –£0£0
Preparation of annual accounts £0£0
Legal costs £0 £0
Other £0 £0
Purchase of assets or investments £0 £0
Total payments £23,422 £6,070
Cash funds 2020-21 2019-20
Cash and bank balances at start of year £16,796 £12,839
Surplus/(deficit) shown on receipts and payments account (£9,383) £3,957
Reconciliations £0 £0
Cash balances £7,413 £16,796
Investments £0 £0
Other Assets £0 £0
Liabilities & Contingent Liabilities £0 £0

Independent Examiner

As required by OSCR, a more detailed version of these accounts and relevant bank statements were submitted to our Independent Examiner. He reviewed them and reported that he was satisfied.

The Annual Report, including the report from the Independent Examiner, was duly sent to OSCR as required by law. Our Independent Examiner works in financial management (and was recommended to FONSA by our previous Independent Examiner). Although he is known to some of the trustees, he plays no other role in FONSA and is not related to any of them.


FONSA is a small charitable trust formed to strengthen bonds between people supportive of Palestian human rights and the people of Nablus and its surrounding areas. It is based on friendship. It offers support in these times of need. A founding principle is to work with Palestinians to deliver projects which they have identified and support.

There are more details of our objectives and projects on these web pages.

FONSA was established to strengthen links with the people of Nablus and its surrounding areas. It operates under a Trust Deed signed in 2007.

Trustees of FONSA

Nehad Khanfar Chair
Jean Fitzpatrick Secretary
David Collison Treasurer
Mike Whitehead Trustee
Mary McGregor Trustee

New Trustees are appointed by the duly appointed existing trustees up to a maximum of five.

FONSA – Principal Address

The registered address of FONSA is:

9 Broad Street

Please make a donation to FONSA

We welcome donations to FONSA to support our work. Please see our donations page or donate online here:

Previous Annual Reports

FONSA Annual Accounts 2019-20