Ambassadors at Capheaton Hall

The Community Foundation recently held an Ambassadors event at Capheaton Hall in Northumberland. The event was attended by professional advisors, and corporate, individual and family supporters to find out about how simple introductions into new communities can help to develop philanthropic giving in the North East. The event was kindly sponsored by Rathbone Investment Management.

The evening was hosted by the High Sheriff of Northumberland, Willy Browne-Swinburne and his wife Eliza. Capheaton became the seat of the Browne-Swinburne family in 1270 and Willy discussed its history as one of the great halls of Northumberland. For a full history of Capheaton Hall and the Browne-Swinburne family please click here.

Alan and Eileen Ferguson, corporate and personal fund holders at the Community Foundation discussed their motivations behind their philanthropy. Alan and Eileen learned of the Community Foundation at a small dinner and were inspired to set up a corporate fund for their family business, Fergusons of Blyth, which celebrates it’s 90th anniversary in 2016. Following the success of the Fund, Alan and Eileen set up a personal Fund followed by Funds for their three daughters and believe that this gesture is part of a journey to instil values of empathy and help their children give back to the area in which they live.

Simple connections such as a discussion at a dinner can really help to encourage others to think about their philanthropy. The ambassador network helps us to reach more potential donors, by building on the trust and relationships we already have. The vast majority of our introductions and referrals are made by existing supporters or professional advisors. We want to make better use than ever of that goodwill and have made a formal partnership through our ambassador network.


By being an ambassador you will be invited to a couple of events a year and receive our ambassadors newsletter. The network is an opportunity to talk to us and to make introductions, but also to meet a close-knit group of our close friends, who will get together over refreshments, have an opportunity to network, hear from an interesting speaker and find out more about the latest developments in our work.

For more information about becoming an ambassador at the Community Foundation please click here.

Posted on 29/04/2016 @ 3:34 pm
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