Highlights of 2018!

20th December 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re delighted to share with you just some of our highlights achieved this year, as of April.

  1. We have distributed £1 million to local voluntary organisations and disadvantaged individuals. This funding has supported local communities in projects tackling need across the county and would not be possible without the generous donors that we work with. To find out more about our donors and their giving journeys in our Philanthropy Brochure here.
  2. We have awarded over £9 million to support local communities since establishing in 2005. We are incredibly proud of this figure and thank everybody that has enabled us to achieve this level of giving. To find out more about how to give, click here.
  3. We have awarded our largest ever grant of £60,000 to Walton Firs Activity Centre. This grant is to support a High Ropes course that will challenge the centres young visitors and help build their confidence. To learn more about this Cobham charity, you can read their blog post here. 
  4. 308 grants have been awarded to local voluntary organisations and disadvantaged individuals across the county. We have countless examples of individual local people whose lives have been changed through local projects which our grant-making has supported. To see some of these examples, click here.
  5. Collectively our team has spent 43 hours volunteering across a number of the local charities that we support. It’s been fantastic to get involved and to see how these charities are making an impact here in Surrey. To learn more about our volunteering, click here.
  6. We have appointed 3 new Trustees to begin working with us in January 2019. Each of them will bring an invaluable skillset to our already established team and support our work in inspiring philanthropy across the county. To see our existing team, click here.
  7. We have recently launched our Surrey Mental Health Fund to support young people aged 8-13 across Surrey. Initially grants will be made to early intervention projects helping children to develop emotional resilience and self-esteem. We are proud to announce that in December we reached our target of £100,000 to support this fund. To learn more about this new fund, click here.
  8. We launched our first ever Impact Report in March this year. This report looks at the difference which has been made by the Foundation since establishing in 2005 in building resources to support local communities and is our first summary of some of the cumulative impact our grant-making is achieving. To read our report, click here.

Our offices will be closed over the festive period, but we look forward to returning in 2019 and continuing to work with the inspirational charities, donors, business and trusts that support us, for what is looking to be another successful year at the Community Foundation for Surrey.

In the meantime, from all of us here at the Foundation, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!