Building resilience

As well as managing grants, the Community Foundation brokers training and development to help groups in our area be more effective and resilient.

With the support of the Garfield Weston and Esmée Fairbairn Foundations, we are investing in governance, business planning and income generation.

Community Ventures

Our project providing pro-bono experts who work with groups over several months to help address challenges and opportunities, embed new practices and think afresh. Organisations that take part get to network and share ideas at our alumni events. Areas in which Community Ventures can help include:

  • governance and legal issues;
  • strategy, business planning and service design;
  • fundraising and income diversification;
  • operational issues including ICT, finances and human resources;
  • marketing, communications and public relations;
  • coaching and mentoring of leaders;
  • organisational culture.

Community Ventures partners act as critical friends. They won’t do the work for you, so you need to be ready, willing and able to commit significant amounts of your own time. It will be worth it!

Find out more about our current roster of experts.

To express an interest in receiving support from Community Ventures, download and complete the form below.

More support

North East Skills Sharing Group

We bring together bodies facilitating cross-sector support to better promote to people and organisations the pathways available to give or benefit from expert skills. The group includes Business in the Community, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, County Durham Community Foundation, Cranfield Trust, Office for Civil Society, Pilotlight, Sector Connector (North Tyneside Voda), SkillsBridge and VONNE, There is a dedicated website here.

Trustee Match

We match people with relevant skills who are looking for trustee positions with organisations looking for trustees. Use our downloadable forms to register your interest in becoming a trustee or to register your need for one or more new trustees.



Building Future Sustainability

A programme we created with Mark Butcher Associates to provide high quality but low cost training to support greater sustainability for ‘mid-range’ charities and community groups. There is a dedicated website here.

Building Better Governance

Brokered by us and other partners in the region we have brought CASS Business School’s Building Better Governance programme to the region running courses in Tees Valley and Newcastle. It will run again in Autumn 2017. Please sign up to our newsletter for an announcement.

North East Together Initiative

Run from Newcastle University’s Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise with support from us to facilitate collaboration and support among leaders of social change. The network hosts quarterly events where leaders hear from speakers, meet one another and collaborate. You can sign up and find out more here.

Ethical Property Foundation

Many voluntary organisations own or manage property and with asset transfers this is set to increase. We are working with the Ethical Property Foundation to bring their expert workshops to the region but also to publicise their property advice service. You can find out about their 2017-19 National Programme for Property Education here.

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