£5 MILLION OF CHARITABLE GIVING CELEBRATED
Over 200 guests attended the evening including the HIWCF President, the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq. The Summer Reception was an opportunity for supporters to meet charities and learn about all the good work that is happening across the County.
The Lord-Lieutenant said afterwards; "I was delighted to meet the people working on the front-line in our voluntary sector who are supporting the most vulnerable in our communities. The Community Foundation is playing a vital role in providing funds to small local charitable organisations who are in need of financial support, and I would encourage all groups from across the County who are in need of funding to speak to the Community Foundation."
The audience also heard from Mark Dixon, CEO of Youth Options who works in partnership with HIWCF to deliver a unique apprenticeship programme. He spoke about the great work of the Community Foundation and highlighted the fact that 45 young people had benefited from the programme with 14 already in full-time employment.
Janette Hewitt, Vice Chair of Home-start North West Hampshire said; "The funding from HIWCF has provided invaluable support for our volunteers, enabling them to work with families that have multiples problems and need preventative support to develop parenting and life skills, build confidence, and turn their lives around. This financial help has assisted a number of families to reduce the risk of further high cost intervention being put in place and provide a journey of change."
Tom Floyd, Chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation said; "We're delighted to be celebrating the inspiring and motivating work of so many charitable organisations in Hampshire."
He explained; "We have worked hard to provide the £5 million however these organisations, many volunteer led, are at the heart of our communities and without them so many people within our County would be struggling. Despite all the wonderful work we have achieved we still need more support for some of the important projects happening in our communities, so if you would like to assist our smaller lesser known community groups then I would encourage you to get in touch."
Philanthropy is very strong in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and research has shown that people are nearly twice as likely to feel confident that giving locally, as opposed to nationally, helps those who most need it.
HIWCF is an independent charitable foundation dedicated to connecting donors with the local causes and charities they care about. The Community Foundation has been fully operational since 2007 and distributed more than £5 million, on behalf of its Fund Holders, in small grants to support the local work of voluntary and community groups based in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The HIWCF Summer Reception was generously supported by CCLA, who invest funds on behalf of the Community Foundation.