A North-East Foundation that gave more than £3m to community projects last year is welcoming new supporters in its fight against poverty and inequality.
Michelle Cooper, who became chief executive of County Durham Community Foundation in 2018, says the UK has forgotten what a heavyweight difference Community Foundations make to their local communities.
“We want to wake everyone up to the fact that the UK Community Foundation family gave out £98.3m in grants last year,” she said.
“Everyone knows Children in Need, who gave out £74.9m last year, which is wonderful, but Community Foundations really are the perfect way to support the causes you care about on your doorstep.
“Last year, our supporters trusted us to move £3.1m of their money out into our communities so that 1,100 groups, charities and individuals were able to do what they do best.
“Now we want to encourage businesses to reconnect with us and see we can facilitate change for the better for their employees, their families and the wider community.
“By fuelling wonderful community groups and projects you can literally start to level the playing field.”
The foundation’s grants are funded by individuals, local business, local authority money and public sector funding, and managed by a small, dedicated team with a wealth of local knowledge.
Christopher and Margaret Lendrum, who live in the North-East, have given more than £25,000 to community causes since 2009.
Christopher said: “Money only does good when you spend it. My emphasis has always been on finding worthy beneficiaries to make use of the money.
“The Foundation evaluate everything with such professionalism, and I trust them so totally that I never have to think about it.
“Without them, I would have no way of knowing about all of these groups who need support.”
To find out more, go to www.cdcf.org.uk or call 0191 378 6340.
Between 2018 and 2019, the Foundation supported:
• 610 groups
• 508 individuals
• 68 gifted and talented individuals
• Helped 342 individuals facing hardship
• 40 people acquired new skills for work
• Awarded 41 respite holidays