Business professionals ‘on board’ with the Community Foundation

Paul Walker, Former Chief Executive of Sage Group PLC with Deputy Chair, Geoff Hodgson and Vice President Hugh Welch LLP

North East businessmen Geoff Hodgson and Ashley Winter hosted an evening with former Sage Group Plc Chief Executive, Paul Walker on Tuesday 4 March 2014 at Trinity House in Newcastle. The evening was attended by professional business advisors to hear how their contribution to the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland could help communities in our region. The event was supported by Muckle LLP.

Geoff Hodgson, Deputy Chair of the Community Foundation said:

“We are delighted to see businesses professionals come together to champion philanthropy in the North East through the Community Foundation. With the UK’s largest independent community endowment, we are keen to build on the culture of generosity in our area to support more local projects. Through their personal networks, ambassadors can help the Community Foundation to better serve our area for generations to come.”

The evening was held at Trinity House on Newcastle’s quayside where, during the fifteenth century, a group of seafarers formed a charitable guild to support the town’s growing maritime community and their dependents. The location proved to be an appropriate venue for modern-day philanthropists who are looking to make a difference through the Community Foundation.

Paul Walker, Ex-CEO of Sage Group Plc added:

“I was delighted to be asked to speak at Trinity House on behalf of the Community Foundation. Trinity House is an example of how a small group of individuals could make a large difference to their local maritime community. Through the Community Foundation philanthropy is helping to tackle modern issues within our region and ambassadors at the Community Foundation can help our community much like the seafarers at Trinity House helped the maritime community in the fifteenth century.”

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland was established in 1988 as a hub for community giving in our region. In the financial year 2012-13, the Community Foundation managed an endowment of £53m, held 300 donor funds and awarded more than £5m in grants to over 1,600 local groups and individuals.


Posted on 18/03/2014 @ 5:37 pm
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