The charity name Christmas quiz

We’re hard at work here in the research team writing the next Almanac, but for a brief distraction I thought I’d set a quick Christmas quiz. The object of the quiz is simple – can you guess the charity from their name?

Sounds straightforward? Well, there’s a catch. I’ve selected a few well-known charities whose registered name (or a former registered name) is different to the name they usually go by.

So, can you identify the charities based on their registered names? Some of them are easy, some might be a little more difficult.

I’ve now posted the answers below. I’ll post the answers here on the Friday before Christmas, and I’ve enlisted Father Christmas to help me check for anyone cheating by looking them up on the Charity Commission website.

  1. The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest Or Natural Beauty
  2. Royal National Lifeboat Institution for the Preservation of Life From Shipwreck
  3. The Priory of England and the Islands of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem
  4. Charity Projects
  5. The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge
  6. The Kynge’s College of Our Ladye of Eton Besyde Windesore
  7. National Schizophrenia Fellowship
  8. The National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders
  9. The National Canine Defence League
  10. Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind
  11. The Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs



  1. The National Trust (an easy one)
  2. RNLI/Lifeboats (another easy one)
  3. St John’s Ambulance (technically, St John’s Ambulance is a subsidiary charity of The Priory of England and the Islands of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem)
  4. Comic Relief
  5. The Royal Society
  6. Eton College (my favourite charity name, with some excellent spelling)
  7. Rethink
  8. Nacro
  9. Dogs Trust
  10. Sightsavers
  11. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (this was one of their former names)
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David Kane was formerly NCVO’s Senior Research Officer. He discusses open data and emerging trends in the voluntary and community sector and wider civil society.

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