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, in the first year, we are matching gifts £1-for-£1, meaning you can double your contribution.
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 in the first year (up to a maximum of £1,000). In the second year we will match two thirds of your donation (we put in £20 for your £30) and the third year we will match one third of your donation (we put in £10 for your £30).
The Community Foundation’s Vital Signs research has shown that priority issues for our area in the immediate future are poverty, mental well-being and diversity.
Members voted on their top 4 charities from a long-list of 9 that were presented by the Foundation and the four going through to the giving event are Apna Ghar, Cedarwood Trust, Gateshead Older people’s Assembly and Washington MIND.
For more information about the groups click here.
The first giving event for the Giving Network will take place on Monday 20 May 2019 at Gosforth Civic Theatre from 6pm to 8pm.
The short-listed charities that will pitch on the night are Apna Ghar, Cedarwood Trust, Gateshead Older People’s Assembly and Washington MIND.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
|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
Also celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Ward Hadaway is backing the initiative.
Jamie Martin, Senior Partner at Ward Hadaway said:
“Ward Hadaway is a law firm rooted in the North East. We are committed to giving back to the communities in our region, and proud to support the Community Foundation’s initiative to encourage others to do so too.”