Together we can change lives

The Giving Network at the Community Foundation is here to help you make a difference on your doorstep. It’s for like-minded professionals to come together, pool their giving, learn about vital issues in communities and choose causes to support.

From housing homeless people, to welcoming refugees; from clubs for isolated older people to community arts festivals – we connect you with the vital groups on the ground which have a low profile but a big impact.

You can join the Giving Network for as little as £30 a month. And as a special incentive, for the first three years, we are matching gifts £1-for-£1, meaning you can double your contribution.

Feel inspired by the causes you support

About the Giving Network

How does it work?

Members of The Giving Network donate a minimum of £30 per month into a fund at the Community Foundation. We then double your donation £1-for-£1 for the first three years (up to a maximum of £1,000 per year).

What can you support?

The Community Foundation’s Vital Signs research has shown that priority issues for our area in the immediate future are Diversity & Inclusion, Mental Health & Well-being and Poverty

Giving Network members vote on their top 4 charities each year from a long-list of 9 that are trusted organisations doing brilliant work within the Vital Signs priority issues.  Members can then choose how to allocate their share of the funding pot amongst the final four charities, and over the last three years the following have been supported:

2019 - Apna Ghar (South Shields); Cedarwood Trust (North Tyneside); Gateshead Older People’s Assembly (Gateshead borough); Washington MIND (Washington & Sunderland)

2020 - Gateway into the Community (West Northumberland); Fightback (Sunderland); Family Gateway (North and South Tyneside);  Young Women’s Outreach Project (Gateshead)

2021 – Baby Equipment Loan Service & Toy Library (North Tyneside); Better Days (Newcastle); Blyth Star Enterprises (South-East Northumberland); Rainbow Home (North East)

What is the Giving Event?

Each year the giving event takes place in May or June and is where our Giving Network members can meet the final four charities and learn more about their work through a presentation and the chance to chat to them directly.  The donations that members have made into the fund during the year is available for them to allocate as they choose to one, or more, of the four charities at the giving event.

Join the Giving Network

I want to join by direct debit

To donate by direct debit simply complete the direct debit mandate and return it to us

Giving by direct debit is fast, easy and efficient. Simply download the sign up pack and return it to us at the address provided.

Download the sign up pack here

I want to join by Payroll Giving

If your employer offers payroll giving you can make donations to us through that and you receive the tax benefit straight away.

Please note that through Give As You Earn we cannot claim Gift Aid on donations so we ask that you make a donation of £37.50. This will cost 20% tax payers £30.00 and 40% tax payers £22.50 but your total contribution will be £37.50.

Download the sign up pack here

Donations & cost contributions

Are there any fees?

All funds at the Community Foundation make a contribution to cover our running costs. 

The Giving Network fund will contribute 10% based on the monthly donations only (so not Gift Aid and not the match) which means each £30 donation will contribute £3. See the examples below to show how this will work.

By Direct Debit
Your donation* £30.00 per month
Gift Aid £7.50 per month
Cost contribution @ 10% of £30 - £3.00 per month
£ for £ match on your donation (in the first year) £30.00 per month
Total per month into the Fund £64.50 per month
Your overall donations into Fund over the year £774.00 per year

*Higher rate tax payers may claim back an additional 20% of your donation plus gift aid (£37.50) through your tax return making your actual donation £22.50 per month.

By Give As You Earn
Your Give As You Earn pledge* £37.50 per month
Cost contribution based on 10% of £30 -£3.00 per month
£ for £ match on the minimum donation £30 per month
Total per month into the Fund £64.50
Your overall donations into the Fund over the year £774.00

*20% tax payers will only pay £30 per month, based on a Give As You Earn gift of £37.50

*40% tax payers will only pay £22.50 per month, based on a Give As You Earn gift of £37.50

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Thank you to Brewin Dolphin for sponsoring the Giving Network

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