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Start your fund

Start your fund and make a lasting difference to vital causes

Giving tailored to your wishes

Starting your fund at the Community Foundation is quick and easy. It is like having your own charitable trust but without the hassle of administration and regulation. We’ll advise you so your fund is set up in a way tailored to your wishes and circumstances. You’ll have a dedicated expert to advise you on philanthropy and funding. You can have privacy or publicity as you wish. And you’ll get regular feedback on how you’ve helped make a difference.

Fund types

We have two types of fund: invested and annual.

  • Invested: your gift is held as capital earning income each year to support your chosen causes. Over time, the amount we distribute will outstrip your original gift, making a permanent asset for your community.
  • Annual: your gift is held as cash to support causes in the year ahead. To keep the fund going, you need to make a new gift annually.

We can also combine elements of invested and annual funds for you. For both types, there are a range of options to suit how involved you want to be, outlined below.

Our impact

Stories abut our work making a difference to lives in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and across North East England