Our Chief Executive Laura Thurlow, launches our blog

22nd May 2018

It is my absolute pleasure to be writing this first blog post on behalf of the Community Foundation for Surrey.

This new blog will feature weekly posts highlighting various aspects of our organisation, including hearing directly from some of our donors, trustees and the community groups that we support.

The Community Foundation model was first established in the USA in 1914 and is now a global, philanthropic movement operating in over 1,800 communities worldwide. In the UK, there are now 46 Community Foundations. At the heart of the concept is the simple theme of ‘local giving for local need’.

The Community Foundation for Surrey was established in 2005 and is currently providing over £1.2 million in grants to voluntary community groups and individuals in need each year.

We recently published our Impact Report, which looks at what we have achieved so far, both in developing local philanthropy and through our local grant-making. The report reveals that our work to inspire local giving has generated over £22 million for the benefit of communities across the county. However, we also know that much unmet need remains, and each year the Foundation is unable to support over £1 million of requests for support.

How does it work?

The Foundation offers a bespoke service to suit the needs of each of our donors, connecting them in a meaningful way with their local community.

There are so many charities and community groups to choose from, and knowing that your money is going to the right place can be daunting. By partnering with us, donors benefit from the Community Foundation’s due diligence, and our up-to-date knowledge of local needs. The Foundation has been described as a ‘one-stop shop’, giving all the support and help required to enable donors to simply enjoy giving.

We work with individuals, families, charitable trusts and Surrey-based businesses who want to give something back to their local communities, and the Foundation makes meaningful connections to enable them to support local charities and voluntary groups which are providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals – while ensuring that each donor’s giving aligns with the donor’s own passions and values. Donors can be involved in the decision-making process, and many local companies have found this to be a fantastic way of increasing employee engagement.

You can find out more by reading some of our donors’ stories in our Philanthropy Brochure.

I hope that this provides you with a flavour of the support which the Community Foundation for Surrey can offer, but I would certainly be very pleased to find a convenient time for a further conversation with you, if you are interested to find out more.

Thank you so much for reading!