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Voices from Dorset Community Foundation and Stakeholders.
Our Grants Manager Ellie Maguire writes about groups funded through the iwill funding programme, which is part of a national campaign to make Social Action part of the lives of young people in the UK; increasing their involvement in campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.
I was very pleased that one of my first appointments as the newly declared High Sheriff of Dorset was accompanying Dorset Community Foundation (DCF), one of my chosen charities, at their ‘Seeing is Believing Visit’ to funded projects in Bournemouth.
For thirty years I have raised money, given it out, told others how to do it and even lectured on it at Universities. However, as in most industries, I’m still learning.
To say I am a luddite is not quite fair as I was the main man when it came to the setting our family video recorder in the 1980s.
After working with many local trusts and Foundations to support them increase their impact, our Development Director Grant Robson discusses the benefits of transferring a charitable trust.
Being a good grant maker and building philanthropy in order to do more of it comes with responsibilities. Giving away money to individuals and community groups must be done transparently, with care and hopefully in a way which targets real need in our communities.
Charities fall into two main camps. Those distributing funds to a distinct beneficiary group as the benefit of some gift that was created in the past, or those constantly fundraising to meet the needs of their targeted beneficiaries.
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