16th Oct 2017
The Community Foundation is broadening its impact through providing support beyond grants, through advice, training and connections to other funders.
Newcastle-based Liberdade works with people with learning disabilities and autism in the North East of England, running arts and social enterprises. As well as grants, Liberdade has benefitted from a range of training and consultancy programmes through the Community Foundation, developing its governance and income generation in preparation for taking on a building – Gosforth Civic Hall – via an asset transfer. This in turn led to them receiving investment from the Fresh Ideas Fund, a partnership between the Community Foundation and the Northstar Foundation.
Rob Huggins, CEO of Liberdade, says: "The support we have received from the Community Foundation over 24 months has been instrumental in developing the skills and resources needed to scale up from a small charity, to running our own building and everything that entails. The breadth and quality of advice and support available shows they have a deep understanding of what the sector needs during these changing times."