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Individual and Family Philanthropy


Individual and family funds

From its inception, the Community Foundation has grown with the support of people and families in our area who see the value of giving through us to reach the causes they feel passionate about. These individual and family philanthropists have chosen different means to help their areas, but they all share a desire to give back to their communities. The awards we make through their generosity can genuinely transform lives.

To find out about how you set up your own individual or family fund, click here.

Click on the individual funds below to

  • Lily Matthews Fund

    The Lily Matthews Fund was established in memory of Lily, a native of Newcastle, who despite suffering early bereavement and being a child victim of rape, went on to become a councillor, magistrate, school governess, senior charity worker and executive of a new town development corporation. Although set up as an anonymous fund Lily’s son, Oliver Swingler, is now happy to be publicly associated with the fund. The fund was established to support local environmental projects, women’s issues and mental health projects although it is currently not awarding grants.

  • Emma Newton Fund


      Emma died when a tree fell on her car on May 23 2011 aged just 18.  Her family and friends felt the need to do something positive and created […]

  • Frank Acfield Fund

    To promote the study of astronomy.

    • Est: 2008
  • Adderstone Fund

    To fund projects that help to build ‘community glue’ and promote biodiversity in Northumberland.

    • Est: 2007
  • Anonymous L

    To support projects in north Northumberland.

    • Est: 2000
  • Anonymous R

    To support volunteering, church-led community work and health related projects.

    • Est: 1996
  • Anonymous S

    This fund supports Vital Signs, a Community Foundation initiative that seeks to identify the challenges facing Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and the practical steps that can be taken by civil […]

    • Est: 2001
  • Baines Fund

    Established with a legacy from William Baines, a Northumberland farmer, to support clinic fellowships for research into arthritis and rheumatism.

    • Est: 2001
  • Nancy Barbour Award Fund

    Established by Dame Margaret Barbour and her daughter Helen from the estate left by Nancy Barbour, the awards recognise projects that help women with disabilities.

    • Est: 2000
  • Barnes Fund

    To support projects in the Bedlington area of Northumberland.

    • Est: 2006
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