How we work

The Community Foundation delivers its mission by being a trusted and expert advisor on giving, philanthropy and funding that makes a difference in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and across North East England. Our work involves:

  • Giving and philanthropy: helping anyone become a philanthropist through starting a fund with us or giving collectively alongside like-minded others.
  • Funding and support: finding and supporting effective voluntary groups and talented people through the funds set up by our donors and partners.
  • Knowledge and leadership: using our expertise and reach to benefit our communities by shining a light on vital issues, and working with others to make change happen.

We are a registered charity and limited company governed by a board of trustees made up of leaders from the business, philanthropy, public and charity sectors. Most trustees are elected from among our members. The Duke of Northumberland is our honorary President. He serves alongside Vice-Presidents and Patrons and our other ambassadors and volunteer panel members. Our expert staff team runs the Foundation from our office, Philanthropy House in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Click to find out more about our people, our values, our ambassadors and volunteers and about becoming a member. You can also read more about our impact, download resources about our work and get information on media and publicity.

The largest Community Foundation in the UK

There are nearly 1,800 community foundations across the globe. All are independent charities dedicated to making a difference in a particular city, county or region.

We are the largest in the UK. Established in 1988 as the Tyne & Wear Foundation, we later expanded to include Northumberland. Now our work increasingly takes in the wider North East of England. We come together with our 45 fellow foundations in the UK in a national network, UK Community Foundations.

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