Published - Thursday, 04 February, 2016
Celebrations for Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s 15 year anniversary took place on 2nd February at the launch of its second Impact Review. The Foundation provided an insight into how donations and grants are making a difference to communities in our county.
The event, held at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, provided an opportunity for guests to hear about the key areas identified in the Review, in which local community groups and charities have been able to actively support people such as working with vulnerable people and families, getting people back into education and training, getting people healthy and active, volunteering, improving the environment and making arts, culture and heritage accessible for all.
Victoria Miles, Chief Executive of the Foundation said: ‘We are one of 48 Community Foundations in the UK and we are celebrating our 15th year. Since our inception we have given out nearly £9 million in grants and supported 2,500 groups.’
Chris Knight from Hewitson’s Solicitors, long-time supporters of the foundation opened the night and expressed his thoughts on the Foundation’s future; ‘As the Foundation continues to grow, we’ll have another fifteen years, I have absolutely no doubt at all. People continue to give and funds continue to accrue to the foundation and so the impact on so many people’s lives is insured.’
Rachel McGrath, Grants Director made an inspiring presentation which included film footage from groups and projects that have benefited from funding received by Northamptonshire Community Foundation.
Rachel explained the main purpose of the Impact Review; ‘The review identifies key areas in which community groups and charities have been able to actively support people and the difference they have made to beneficiaries lives. By capturing this information we are better able to demonstrate the value of awarded projects and communicate this to current and potential donors and the wider community.’
The event was widely attended by fellow trustees, local businesses and organisations.
During 2014 -2015 through donations and grants awarded the Foundation has enabled local groups and charities to support 128,896 people. Victoria Miles wrapped up the evening stating: ‘We are here to stay and we need more people to know about us and support the causes they care about that help to build thriving communities in our county’.