Last night we launched our first Impact Report at the beautiful venue of Royal Holloway University, Egham.
This report shows the Impact we have achieved in developing philanthropy and grant making in our 12 years since establishing, which we are delighted to share with you.
Our report reveals that the Community Foundation’s work to inspire local giving has generated over £22million for the benefit of charitable projects across Surrey, since our establishment in 2005. This total figure of £22million includes funds for immediate grant making, as well as endowments, which will continue growing and providing income for the long term.
We are delighted to share that we have funded 1,446 groups and individuals over 2,748 grants across Surrey. This report highlights the impact this funding has enabled, including inspiring case studies from groups and individuals, and statistics broken down by Impact Assessment Framework theme, including Disadvantage & Exclusion, Health & Wellbeing and Education & Skills, to name a few.
Kate Peters, our Director of Grants & Impact said:
We are incredibly proud to have reached this milestone of £22million generated in resources for Surrey communities, and we feel this Impact Report shows a powerful insight into the difference our donors’ giving makes across Surrey.
Whilst we support hundreds of charities and community groups each year to the tune of £1.2million, there is still much more work to be done. Last year, we received over £1million in grant requests that we were unable to fund. This clearly shows the steep demand in funding needs across the voluntary sector.
Laura Thurlow, our Chief Executive said:
Despite our successes, there is clearly a huge amount of unmet need in the county. We are very keen to work with more Surrey individuals and businesses who are wanting to explore how they can have an impact through local philanthropy.
The evening of the launch was a huge success, and would not have been made possible without the beautiful venue of Royal Holloway’s Picture Gallery, to which the Foundation are hugely grateful to Royal Holloway, University of London.
Our sincerest thanks to Barclays, for sponsoring the publication.
We would like to all of those who joined us last night for this truly special occasion.