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Job Opportunity: Fund Development Manager »

A unique opportunity to join the UK’s largest community foundation, supporting and advising donors and developing the effectiveness of their giving.


35 hours a week
Starting salary £28,792 (annual pay review pending) plus pension contribution
Based Newcastle upon Tyne

We support 100s of community causes through the generosity of donors who establish named philanthropic funds. We are looking for an outstanding person with the passion and interpersonal skills to provide effective support and advice to our existing fund-holders of different means and at different stages of their philanthropic journeys. The successful candidate will have graduate-level education or evidence of comparable ability, and the ability to work with a range of donors providing high quality research and advice on community needs and approaches to philanthropy relevant to their interests.

Download an application pack here or request a pack by calling Vivienne Rodgers on 0191 222 0945 or email

Please return completed form to Vivienne Rodgers either by email or post Community Foundation, Floor 9, Cale Cross, 156 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 6SU.

We are committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 2 February 2015
Panel interview: Friday 13 February 2015

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New Fund launched to support local communities »

The EDF Energy Renewables Barmoor Windfarm Community Benefit Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is now open for applications.  The fund has recently been established by EDF Energy Renewables and will commit £60,000 per year for 25 years to local communities.  Priority will be given to voluntary groups, schools and other community organisations based within 5 km of the Barmoor Windfarm. Applications will be considered from organisations based within 10km of the windfarm, providing that residents from within the 5km priority area may benefit.  Projects can apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000, with applications of up £20,000 awarded in exceptional circumstances.   All awards will be recommended to the Community Foundation by a panel of local people and representatives from Parish Councils in the area.

AGM_GJlr-3897Karen Daglish, Community Partnerships Manager said:

“I am really looking forward to manage this new fund which continues our relationship with EDF Energy Renewables.  Initial community roadshows that we carried out in the area to promote the fund have been very positive.  There are some fantastic local groups and community facilities that can benefit greatly from the fund over the next 25 years.”

For further information about the Fund please contact Karen Daglish on 0191 222 0945 or at

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Fabian French announced as Chief Executive, UK Community Foundations »


UK Community Foundations (UKCF), the national body of which the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is a member, has announced the appointment of Fabian French as its new Chief Executive. Fabian will take up his post at the beginning of March as he replaces Stephen Hammersley CBE, who left at the end of December after a distinguished ten-year stint in the role. Kate Stewart will meanwhile assume the role of Interim CEO.

Fabian French qualified as a lawyer before embarking on a successful career in the City with Kleinwort Benson and Merrill Lynch. In 2009 he joined Marie Curie Cancer Care as Director of Fundraising and Retail and as a member of the Executive Board. During his five years at Marie Curie, the charity’s income grew from £70 million to £100 million notwithstanding the economic recession.

Fabian is a passionate believer in the importance of charitable activity and is trustee of three charities, including Goodenough College. He is also very active in fundraising for local causes. He lives near Oxford with his wife Pippa; they have three children and four dogs.

Fabian French commented: “I am thrilled to be taking up the position of CEO at UK Community Foundations. I am convinced that Community Foundations have a critical role in today’s society and have massive potential to grow their funding and influence. I look forward to playing a very active part in helping to both drive that growth and to supporting each of the 48 Community Foundations across the UK in their continued development.”

UKCF Chairman, David Sheepshanks CBE, said “I am very much looking forward to working with Fabian French. He has an outstanding background, widespread experience and excellent credentials in both business and charity, as well as being a qualified lawyer. Fabian is also already a convert to the importance of local philanthropy in our communities. The fact that we have attracted someone of Fabian’s ability speaks volumes of the exciting growth and effectiveness of Community Foundations throughout the UK.”

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Northern Rock Foundation gives £1.5m in grants to four Community Foundations »

Northern Rock Foundation has announced four special awards totalling £1.5 million as part of its final programme of work in 2015.


Northern Rock Foundation has awarded £1.5 million in grants of £375,000 each to the region’s four community foundations in the North East and Cumbria. The awards mean that communities across the region will continue to benefit from the Foundation’s funds in the future.

The Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland has used the grant in-kind towards the purchase of the Old Chapel in Gosforth from Northern Rock Foundation, alongside a gift from a private donor. The building will become the Community Foundation’s new offices in 2015 and will continue to offer space free of charge for use by community organisations for meetings and events. County Durham ,Tees Valley and  Cumbria Community Foundations will use the funding to create a new fund within each of their endowed funds which will then provide annual grants in perpetuity for disadvantaged people.

Alastair Balls, Chairman of Northern Rock Foundation said “Community Foundations are connected to a wide range of voluntary and community organisations which meet the needs of people throughout the region. These grants are part of the Foundation’s legacy programme and ensure that the last of the Foundation’s funding provides long term benefit for current and future generations across the North East and Cumbria. “

Ashley Winter, Chairman of the Community Foundation serving Tyne and Wear and Northumberland said: “I want  to acknowledge the generosity of Northern Rock Foundation’s trustees in agreeing the transfer of its building to us on the basis of this significant grant. We are delighted that the arrangement will mean the asset remaining in the charitable sector and ensuring the continuation of its philanthropic heritage. Ownership of the building will mean the Community Foundation can make savings on costs, further strengthening its financial position and enabling its trustees to invest in other ways that will benefit the area in years to come.”

The Community Foundation aims to move to the new premises in the summer of 2015.

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Fourteen Communities across UK to benefit from Glasgow 2014 legacy »

- Community-driven programme ensures local people decide how investment will be spent

- Sunderland is one community to benefit from the programme which begins in 2015

Fourteen communities have been selected to receive three years of funding to increase community participation and improve wellbeing as part of the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 legacy.

In Sunderland, Ryhope and Hendon have been selected to benefit from funding of at least £200,000 over three years with a further match by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The Community Foundation is seeking to raise an additional £140,000 and has already committed £30,000 from its own funds for 2015.

The community-driven programme is being run in partnership with Spirit of 2012 and the Community Foundation who will be working closely with local groups to create a programme of community participation to support grass roots projects at the heart of our community.

Rob_GJmr-4078Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland said:

“We are delighted to deliver the Fourteen programme in partnership with Spirit of 2012. Ryhope and Hendon is as an area with significant disadvantage, however our local knowledge tells us that it has a strong voluntary and community sector that could use additional funding to good effect. By working in partnership with local groups we aim to meet the needs of local communities and deliver a programme worth at least £130,000 per year. Currently there are around 23,000 people living in Ryhope and Hendon and the Fourteen programme can make a huge difference to create stronger communities in our region.”

Fourteen is a £3.5m programme funded by Spirit of 2012, a charity set up by the Big Lottery Fund to connect events to communities across the country; tackling disadvantage by supporting opportunities in sport, physical activity, culture and the arts, volunteering and social action.

Together, with Spirit, the partners will create a legacy of improving wellbeing and happiness. Fourteen is community led and each community will decide themselves how they want to increase participation in one or more of the following activities: social action & volunteering; grass roots sport & physical activity; culture activity & arts; and youth leadership & personal development.

All activities will be inclusive and aimed at supporting local people in developing their potential and feeling able to actively contribute to their community.

Events such as Glasgow 2014 and London 2012 are remarkable in their ability to bring people together: inspiring pride through the power of participation. Fourteen is aimed at sustaining this positivity – empowering people to get out in their local area, to be involved and to feel better.

We will change fourteen communities and thousands of lives.

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012 says:

“Spirit was established to extend the opportunities and inspiration of events, such as London 2012, to communities across the UK. Our investment into Glasgow 2014 and its UK-wide legacy was our first big commitment. Fourteen represents the lion’s share of that. The communities announced today are direct grassroots beneficiaries of the Glasgow 2014 legacy. They have put forward what changes they want to see in their neighbourhoods, and have a vision of the difference this money will make. Led by local people to impact local people – we’re hugely excited to get fourteen underway.”

England, Scotland and Wales will be delivered and managed by UK Community Foundations (UKCF) (in partnership with Community Foundation in Wales, Foundation Scotland, Heart of England Community Foundation, Forever Manchester, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation and Quartet Community Foundation). Northern Ireland will be delivered and managed by Springboard (in partnership with Strive NI)

Kate Stewart, Interim Chief Executive of UKCF added:

“Events such as the London 2012 Olympics and the XX Commonwealth Games play an enormous part in making tangible the ‘community spirit’ that we so often refer to. The challenge is keeping the momentum of such events going. We’re delighted that the communities announced today are set to benefit from this funding and know that, supported by community foundations’ local reach and knowledge; this legacy funding will go right into the heart of these neighbourhoods across the UK, helping to keep the sentiment of these sporting events alive. Spirit’s vision for these communities is a legacy of wellbeing, aspiration and inclusion and UK Community Foundations and our community foundation partners are proud to be a part of it.”

For further information about the funding of Fourteen and Spirit of 2012, please contact Head of Communications, Penny East on 07833470985 or email

For further information about the Fourteen programme in Ryhope and Hendon please contact Mark Pierce, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland on 0191 222 0945 or email

Posted on 19/01/2015 @ 3:04 pm
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Important information for grantees about the monitoring of Community Foundation grants »

updateFrom March 2015 we will be introducing two important changes to our arrangements for monitoring grants.

The first is a switch to online monitoring. Applicants will receive a reminder email when feedback is due, and this will contain a link to a log-in page where they can complete and submit their monitoring form online.

The second is the introduction of impact reporting. This will involve answering a few simple questions on the online monitoring form to tell what your project has achieved with our support.

We believe online monitoring will be a more efficient system, that will make it easier for groups to meet our monitoring requirements. We hope that gathering more information about the impact of our grants will help support the case for philanthropic giving through the Community Foundation.

Full guidance on how to complete the online monitoring form will be issued with grant offer letters from March 2015. From that date the existing paper monitoring form will no longer be issued, although it will be possible to use it where the option of online monitoring is unsuitable.

For more information about the change please contact Mark Pierce, Head of Policy and Programmes on 0191 222 0945 or email

Posted on 06/01/2015 @ 4:50 pm
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New report highlights successes of The Philanthropy Fellowship »

PhilFellThe Philanthropy Fellowship, a network of community philanthropists set up to inspire a greater culture of philanthropy in the UK, hit a milestone in December as programme funding from Esmee came to an end.  Around £25 million was given across the UK as a result of the programme, which strengthened and developed new donor relationships for community foundations and the local causes they support.

A report, ‘ Great British Philanthropy’ by Dr Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent,  tells of the scheme’s achievements  including a new network of over 200 ‘Philanthropy Fellows’ who have had the opportunity to really assess their philanthropic strategies through events, support and networking.

Highlighted in the report are Helen McArdle and Sir Laurence Martin who talk about how they have worked with the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

To see what they have said and for more information about ‘Great British Philanthropy’, please read the report here.

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Heroic Blyth Spartans make FA Cup exit »

Chair of UK Community Foundations, and Former Chair of the Football League, David Sheepshanks, has praised Blyth Spartans for their efforts in the FA Cup and for offering free shirt sponsorship to the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland through the support of Blyth Spartans AFC Club Chairman, Tony Platten.


The community foundation is part of a philanthropic network of 48 foundations across the UK, which is chaired nationally by former chairman of the Football League David Sheepshanks CBE. Community foundations work with individuals and families, companies and charitable trusts to design bespoke grant making strategies that target particular issues or focus on certain geographical areas. The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is the largest of its kind in the UK with an endowment of over £60 million.

The shirt sponsorship deal was made after Tony and his wife Anne established the Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation. The fund aims to support young people into employment with grant-making of over £100,000 per year. Projects supported so far include the Discovery School in Newcastle; Seaton Sluice Community Association and Blyth Arts and Community Association.


Tony Platten said:

“Anne and I are delighted to establish charitable funds at the Community Foundation. Blyth Spartans is a local club full of ambition. Whilst I wouldn’t want to make comparisons between our charitable sponsorship to that of Barcelona and UNICEF, I do believe that ambition is best shown by example. We’re delighted to offer free in-kind support to the Community Foundation which helps to make stronger communities through its grant making, including many local grassroots sports activities in Blyth and the local area.”


David Sheepshanks CBE, Chair of UK Community Foundations added:

“Everyone loves the romance of the FA Cup, David and Goliath tales of small clubs taking on much bigger competition and sometimes winning are the stuff of legend.  What sets Blyth Spartans AFC apart is that despite their non-League status they have chosen not to grasp a big commercial pay day with a generous sponsor, and instead go for a thoroughly unselfish and public spirited route to recognise how critical a local community is to its team’s success. By offering free sponsorship, Chairman Tony Platten is helping to raise awareness of the Community Foundation movement and demonstrating how this kind of support can make such a profound effect on supporting local community causes for generations to come. ”

Blyth Spartans fought bravely in the third round of the FA cup –losing 3-2 to Birmingham City, a club five divisions and 120 places above them. However free sponsorship has helped to raise awareness of the Community Foundation with the famous green and white shirt featuring in the national press and on a Question of Sport.

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Winter mortality and fuel poverty still an issue despite latest findings from ONS »


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released new statistics on excess winter deaths in the UK. The report states that the excess winter mortality index was highest in the West Midlands and lowest in the North East in 2013/14 but the report does cause area for concern. Reports from the met office stated that last year was an unusually mild winter which is expected to be the main cause in the reduction of death, but often the excess winter deaths can be avoided through education around fuel poverty. Surviving Winter 2014-15 is a campaign by the Community Foundation which launched in The Journal last month, and has so far raised over £10,000 to support fuel poverty education and save lives.

It is estimated by the ONS that the excess winter death index has reduced in the North East from 20.6% in 2012/13 to 9.8% in 2013/14. Actual figures have been released for 2012/13 to state that there were 870 excess winter deaths in the North East, with Gateshead having the highest EWD Mortality Index. However 870 deaths does not constitute a ‘good year’ and is part of a bigger picture of a crisis in the UK, as around a third of deaths can be traced back to fuel poverty, a cause which can be eliminated.

Surviving Winter 2014-15, a campaign led by the Community Foundation, is a call for local people who do not need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to those who do. The campaign, backed by The Journal and Evening Chronicle, raised over £22,000 to support Fuel Poverty work in the North East in 2013/14 and has currently raised over £10,000 so far this year to help older people this winter.

Age UK Gateshead received an award of £3,430 from the campaign and was able to help individuals in Gateshead receive access to benefits that they might have otherwise not have known about. Through the Surviving Winter grant from the Community Foundation, Age UK Gateshead were able to support 52 older people in Gateshead through income maximisation sessions that established 68 entitlement awards of £4,475 per week, which is an additional £232,700 in funding to reduce the risk of fuel poverty during winter.

One example of this is Mrs G, whose financial issues were first encountered as a result of an Initial Assessment for non-financial Age UK services in June 2014. During the course of the assessment, it became apparent the client had a major degree of difficulty in paying her everyday bills, and this was impacting quite severely on her mental health through anxiety.

Anxiety was a constant issue within the client’s life, meaning that at the start of the intervention she would not leave the house on her own. Mrs G’s social life was dramatically curtailed due both to her anxiety, and lack of funds to use to pursue social activities.

Age UK Gateshead Logo RGBAge UK Gateshead ran an entitlement check for the client. As a result of the check and subsequent benefit applications using the Surviving Winter Fund sessions, the client was awarded an additional Pension Credit, and Attendance Allowance per week. As a knock-on effect of Age UK Gateshead and Surviving Winter, the client’s pre-existing Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit claims were increased to cover their entire rental and Council Tax liabilities.

Julie Latimer, Head of Customer Services at Age UK Gateshead said:

“Surviving Winter had a very positive effect on our client’s anxiety and social life. By working closely with our client, Mrs G now feels she is not only able to pay her bills, but has some money left over for social events. We would like to thank everyone who has donated to Surviving Winter and has allowed us to give independence back to local people.”

Karen Daglish, Fund Development Manager at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland added:

“Through Surviving Winter we are able to collectively pool the resources of the community to make a larger impact in our region. By supporting the campaign you will help make the difference on whether someone can eat or heat their home, and give someone back their independence. Many excess winter deaths can be avoided and through Surviving Winter you can really help to make a difference to the lives of older people in the North East.”

To donate to your winter fuel allowance and help keep our communities warm please contact the Community Foundation on 0191 222 0945 or visit

Posted on 09/12/2014 @ 4:19 pm
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Lyn Shears honoured for arts philanthropy in the North East »

15786307595_3b9589b181_oHis Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales has honoured philanthropists for their dedication to supporting the arts. Lyn Shears and the late Trevor Shears OBE were recognised for their contribution to the arts through The Shears Foundation and their funds at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Trevor Shears, who died from cancer in May this year, was posthumously awarded the medal along with his wife Lyn. Through a combination of awards from The Shears Foundation and The Shears Funds at the Community Foundation, the Shears family has donated millions to causes in the North East including the Sage Gateshead, Live Theatre and the Tyneside Cinema.
Lyn Shears said:

“It’s vitally important to introduce more young people to the arts because they are the audiences of tomorrow. My husband and I always felt that we got so much more from the giving than the recipients did. We never did it seeking recognition but it’s a huge honour to receive the medal from The Prince of Wales. It’s sad that Trevor can’t be here but I know he would have been immensely proud.”

The Shears are the first philanthropists in the North East to be recognised with a Prince of Wales medal having been nominated by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Shears_GJmr-1819Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation added:

“It’s a real testament to our region that Lyn and Trevor are the first family in the North East to be recognised for their arts philanthropy. Not only does it highlight the strength of philanthropy in our region, but it illustrates the strength of our arts scene too. This is something that Trevor was hugely passionate about, and I am delighted that Lyn and Trevor have been recognised for their outstanding contribution.”

The Shears have donated millions to arts organisations in the North East which often has many hidden benefits to the local community. An award of £3,900 to the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival in May was able to employ a temporary part-time Learning & Participation specialist to develop a youth programme to support those often find it difficult to access arts provisions in rural Northumberland.

Melanie Iredale, Director of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in 2014 said

“Support helped us reach and engage those – young and old – who wouldn’t otherwise access film education and arts provision. This is especially important in a rural, culturally isolated and economically disadvantaged area.”

Arts & Business, a partner of Business in the Community, invited nominations from arts bodies across the length and breadth of the UK, receiving a total of 35 each with several letters of support from nominating institutions. Initial selection was made by The Prince of Wales’ ‘Arts Cluster Group’ who drew up a short list of 10 arts philanthropists to put forward to the final judging panel, who selected this year’s five recipients.

The judging panel included Sir Ronald Harwood, Dame Monica Mason and Colin Tweedy OBE; the Arts Cluster Group included Hilary Boulding Principal, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Sir Tony Hall Managing Director, BBC and Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England.

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