How we spend our funds

We’re very conscious of the need to spend funds entrusted to us by our supporters wisely. In the UK, in the last financial year, for every £1 raised, £0.84 was spent on our charitable aims. When you donate Operation Smile you can be confident that your money is reaching those who need it most. Your donation helps to fund surgical programmes, train healthcare professionals, and increase awareness of the plight of children with cleft conditions all over the world. 

For every £1 raised…

For every £1 raised…

  • 84% Charitable spending This includes funding surgical programmes, training healthcare professionals, and increasing awareness of the plight of children with cleft conditions all over the world.

You can find out more about how we spend our funds in our FAQs section.

Our promise to you

Your trust means everything to us. So, whenever you donate to Operation Smile we promise:

  • Money raised will go towards our goal of improving health and dignity through safe surgery and comprehensive cleft care.
  • Your privacy is of the upmost importance to us – we review our Privacy Policy regularly to make sure we manage your data correctly.
  • We will never sell or share your details with other organisations.
  • We may hold data obtained from generally available public sources, to which you have a right of access as well as data provided by you.  Your rights are outlined in our Privacy Policy.
  • You can contact our team at any time to amend your details, tell us how you wish to be contacted, or let us know if you no longer wish to hear from us. Just call us on 020 3475 5126 or email
  • We will show you how your donations are changing the lives of children with cleft conditions all over the world.
  • We won’t hold your data for longer than necessary.
  • We’re registered with the Fundraising Regulator and follow the Code of Fundraising Practice so you can rest assured we’re committed to honesty and transparency
Baby girl with her mum after cleft surgery

Annual Report

We encourage you to read our Trustees Report and Financial Statements to see the impact of your donations and our work.

Latest report – published March 2024

Our financial year runs from July to June.
Download Latest report – published March 2024