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Free Community Foundation Membership to Voluntary organisations

The Community Foundation matches generous people with important community causes. Every year, we award hundreds of grants worth millions of pounds to small, local voluntary organisations through funds set up by our donors.  

Part of our success is down to our unique membership structure, which keeps us connected to our communities. Our members comprise individuals, businesses, public bodies and voluntary organisations. The Community Foundation’s board of trustees, which governs our work, is mainly elected from and by our members.  

Voluntary organisation membership is free of charge and is open to not-for-profit organisations that have charitable purposes, or which exist for community benefit, and that work wholly or partly in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. This includes registered charities, voluntary and community groups; mutuals, co-operatives, and community benefit societies; universities; further education, sixth form and technical colleges; independent, academy, free and studio schools; churches; community interest companies.  

By becoming a member of the Community Foundation, you are helping us to be accountable to the people and places we serve. As a member, you will receive our Yearbook, news updates and invitations to our events. You may also nominate people to join our Board and take part in any voting.  Our members are a very important part of the Community Foundation, and we very much hope you will want to be involved.  

To apply for voluntary membership please email dp@communityfoundation.org.uk for an application form or go to: https://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/about-us/membership/