Profile William Booth Co founder of the Salvation army

Profile William Booth Co founder of the Salvation army

Profile William Booth Co founder of the Salvation army. This is short profile piece about William Booth.

Why does a website about property and real estate wealth care about a founder of a charity ?

We care because it proves that people working together can create something worthwhile.

We at the property development course are passionate that people working in property and real estate can make our society a better place.

But people need to be organised and to generate income to be effective. The Salvation army is very organised and creates a huge income every year. This income goes to helping people who actually need it. Sure they are not perfect and sure they could improve their charitable return but they have been doing more good than harm.

Why are you writing about him in the property finance section ?

This article is being filed under property finance because for us property finance is all about reducing expenditure, increasing income and investing. And this could easily sum up the salvation Army.

As an organisation it has frugal expenditure. There are few fancy buildings or expensive tributes. As an income generator it is entrepreneurial, not just collecting fundraising but engaging in a network of businesses including thrift stores worldwide. An as for investing, it invests in people and their welfare all around the world.

For us the history of the salvation army could be viewed with a cynical eye as a cult. It certainly had the main attributes of a cult – a charismatic leader, a devoted following, its own dogma. But the organisations fruits of its labours are all good. If you want to know the intentions of an organisation look at its results.

I could easily write a piece calling Booth a charlatan, a man of low means but burning ambition out to build an organisation to feather his own profits and ego.

He was a preacher who could not accept being part of an existing organisation. He was desperate to create his own organisations that he could control from the ground up.

But you have to look at the organisation he built and the results.

Who was William Booth ?

William Booth co-founded what would become the Salvation army in 1865. His Co-founder was his wife Catherine and they had the great idea of moving peoples good prayers in church to good deeds in the real world.

They formed the Christian Mission in East London in 1865 and followed the doctrine of practical Christianity. Together they provided ‘soup, soap and salvation’.

In 1878 it changed its name to the Salvation Army. This new organisation was based on a military structure. The organisation had generals and members wore a military uniform.

The organisation spread worldwide.

When was he born ?


What was his job ?

English Methodist preacher

Where was he born ?

Sneinton, Nottingham,

What was his dad ?


His dad was reasonably wealthy but ‘lost all his money’ when Booth was in his teens and died shortly after.

You do not have to be a psychiatrist to imagine that this decline into poverty would have scarred young Booth badly.

Signs of talent

He was a prolific reader.

For us, reading as many books as you can is a must for self improvement, self development and success in life.

Not Harry Potter, or John Grisham (although we recommend both for entertainment reading), but actual learning.

You can learn a whole persons lifetimes experience in just a few hours.

First job

He was an apprentice pawn-broker.

He then read extensively and trained himself in writing and in speech, becoming a Methodist local preacher.

Becomes evangelist

He became an evangelist and preached to people on the street. However he was not doing well financially himself and could not find good work.

Booth became a full time evangelist. The young preacher tried to operate within existing evangelist organisations but his career was going now-where and he had to become independent.

Ambitious as he was, he founded the East London Christian Mission in 1865 and it was renamed the Salvation Army in 1878.

They had their own flag, music and members became soldiers and officers. Booth became the General.

Booth drove the organisation to become a national and then international charitable organisation collecting donations and using that money to help the poor

Charity scandal

In February 2011 the charity was brought into disrepute. A member, Mr Nigel Hanger was awarded the contract to manage the textile business of collecting clothes donations and selling them abroad. Millions of people in the UK donate clothes and shoes to the Salvation army and he won the contract to run the network of recycling banks. He ran a company called Kettering Textiles Limited which sold on the clothes to Eastern Europe for £350 per tonne. The Charity received 60% of the money while the company made £10 million. It cause national concern that as much as 40% of the profits of the operation was going to a private company rather than to a charity.