Here at the Community Foundation for Surrey, we are fortunate to have a wide network of supporters in the form of Trustees, Vice Presidents, Advisers, Staff, Patrons and Ambassadors.
This week we are highlighting the hugely important role of our Ambassadors.
But what is a Community Foundation for Surrey Ambassador?
Here at the Foundation, our Ambassadors are honorary voluntary individuals appointed by our Board of Trustees as a result of their significant experience and contributions to Surrey. Our Ambassadors help widen the Community Foundation message across their local geographical area, to further inspire philanthropy and tackle community needs across the county.
Our Ambassadors play an important part in raising awareness of our work across the county, and they do this by attending local events, giving talks to clubs and local groups, and developing relationships with new and existing supporters.
Our Ambassadors also enjoy visiting charities who have been supported by the Community Foundation, by attending site visits and AGMs, and this helps them to gain a better insight into the many inspiring local groups who receive our grant funding. These visits also allow Ambassadors to help us keep our ear to the ground and understand any emerging needs across the county as they develop.
How many Ambassadors are there at the Community Foundation for Surrey?
Currently we have 14 active Ambassadors at the Foundation who champion and support us, for which we are incredibly grateful.
Our Ambassadors Group meet quarterly as an opportunity to support each other, feedback on projects visited, and to discuss plans for continuing to grow awareness of the Community Foundation.
“I am delighted to be an Ambassador for the Community Foundation for Surrey. It’s so rewarding to have the opportunity to help those less fortunate than myself in our county; it is a chance to give back. To me philanthropy means spreading goodwill to our wider communities through the money we donate, the time we devote, and the skills and talents we bring.”
Nishi Singh – Director, Carlton Training and Consulting Ltd
What are the benefits of being an Ambassador?
In supporting the Foundation, Ambassadors benefit from creating more opportunities to support the community and local people, build on their social networks and knowledge of community needs, as well as develop connections with charities and voluntary sector groups.
We asked our Chair of Ambassadors (and a Founding Trustee) Robin Sharpe to share his role and how the Ambassadors are supported.
“Having been involved with the Foundation since its inception, it has been great to see how the Foundation has developed over this past decade.
I was delighted when asked to take over as Chair of the Ambassador Group. We aim to have representation across the county and spread the Community Foundation message using our connections and expertise. We come from a variety of backgrounds, but all have a real desire to give back in some way to our community.
As Chair, it’s really all about providing the environment and opportunity for the Ambassadors to discuss what they have been doing, while maintaining the energy and momentum within the group. Each Ambassador operates differently, and my role is to gently support and encourage these highly valued individuals.”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our existing and retired Ambassadors for their dedication, time and support in raising awareness of the Community Foundation for Surrey.