The Business of Giving
Wiltshire Community Foundation launches new networking group for professional people who care about Wiltshire
On Thursday 6th March, at Trethowans London Road offices, Wiltshire Community Foundation launched The Business of Giving, an educational networking group for Wiltshire’s young professionals.
30 representatives from the City’s top firms including Trethowans, Wilsons, Smith & Williamson and various other businesses attended to hear Rosemary Macdonald, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Community Foundation, introduce the course of talks and speak about The Voluntary Sector in Wiltshire and its relevance for professional advisors.
Attendees were asked to name the first charity which came into their heads. The overwhelming majority named a national charity. Rosemary Macdonald said “There are 7,800 registered charities in Wiltshire, only 109 of which receive any council funding. Only 5% of professional advisors speak to their clients about leaving gifts to charities in their will. We want people to think local when it comes to supporting causes they care about. ”
Through this new course of evening talks (which count as CPD accredited sessions) and visits to local community projects, members will gain an understanding of the voluntary sector and how it is relevant to their clients. They will find out about local charities and meet the Wiltshire philanthropists who are supporting them.
Members will meet a wide range of contacts, learn about corporate social responsibility and take part in a Dragons Den style event where charities pitch for funding and the members decide there and then who receives the grants. (This event is subsidised by the Community Foundation.)
The next event takes place on 14th April. For more information or to register call Kate Robinson on 01380 729284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Foundation
Wiltshire Community Foundation supports voluntary groups and charitable organisations across Wiltshire and Swindon, raising funds locally from individuals, companies and trusts. Wiltshire Community Foundation gave out £800,000 in grants in 2013/2014 to 550 voluntary groups and individuals. All applications are assessed and monitored to ensure the grants are effective and benefit their community. Wiltshire Community Foundation has an endowment fund of £17m and also manages funds on behalf of the Big Lottery.
Community Foundations are experts in revitalising local communities through effective charitable giving. Over the last 16 years well over 12,000 private sector donors have used the services of a community foundation to make sure that their giving has been invested to make the lasting difference that they want to see. Community Foundations now manage over £200m of committed endowed giving and it is estimated that most people in the UK will live or work within 20 miles of a charitable project that a community foundation has supported.