14th Jul 2020

What is the Giving Network?

The Giving Network for the next generation of North East philanthropists, created by the Community Foundation and supported by law firm Ward Hadaway, has awarded £19,615 to four local charities at its first ever virtual giving event.  

The Giving Network brings together young professionals who donate at least £30 a month into a pooled fund which is matched pound-for-pound by the Community Foundation. At the end each year, members attend an awards event to choose which charities receive their portion of the fund. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus lockdown meant the latest event had to move online with members hearing about the groups work via video and a live Q&A session. The event proved to be a huge success with £19,615 shared between the four groups 

  • Family Gateway who received £5643.85; 
  • Fightback who received £4,936.25;
  • Gateway into the Community who received £4,291.75; and
  • Young Women’s Outreach Project who received  £4,743.25 

Lisa Cappleman, Head of Giving and Philanthropy at the Community Foundation who oversees the network and chaired the event said:  

“We had a hugely successful event at Gosforth Civic Theatre last year and were finalising plans for this year when the country went into lockdown. Members had already selected the charities they wanted to hear from and knowing support would be more vital than ever we were keen to ensure the event went ahead. Like many others we decided to take it online. We’re absolutely delighted that the event was a success and we managed to give away more than we did at the event last year.” 

Paula Park joined the network just before last years event and found it was a great opportunity to hear about issues in the region and network with other professionals. Paula said: 

“The Giving Network has been a great way to find out about and support small local charities and have a greater impact than by making an individual donation. The matched funding and gift aid make my monthly donations go much further. Given the circumstances of the pandemic this year, I was really impressed with the online event although I did miss seeing all the other network members in person.”  

The groups from across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland were selected following the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs research highlighting diversity and inclusion aareas philanthropy needs to do more in. With the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic the work of the groups with these communities has become even more vital.  

Pauline Wonders, Strategic Director at Family Gateway said: 

A huge thank you to The Giving Network members at the Community Foundation for the opportunity to talk about our work. As a result of Coronavirus a lot of the children we work with are emotionally insecure at the moment. This funding will go such a long way and allow us to put on activities and buddy groups to support their social and emotional wellbeing because its really been taking a battering over the last few months.”  

Jamie Martin, Senior Partner at Ward Hadaway said: 

"We are delighted to support The Giving Network again this year, especially this year. To encourage the support of charities with a clear mission to help their communities sits full square with our commitment to support the communities within which Ward Hadaway, its people and clients live and work."

You can find information about The Giving Network in the film above or by vising The Giving Network Page

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