International Day of Charity – The Margaret Giffen Community First Endowment Fund

Giving to charity can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. Here at the Foundation, we work with individuals, businesses and charitable trusts who want to give locally and enable them to see the difference their donations make through impact reports and project visits.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Northamptonshire Community Foundation awarded just over £1.2million in grants during 2015/16. We couldn’t do this without the kindness of our donors and therefore in celebration of International Day of Charity, we’ve highlighted one fund that has made a huge difference to communities in Northamptonshire.

The Margaret Giffen Community First Endowment Fund

Established in 2013, in partnership with the trustees of the Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust, the Fund supports charities and non-registered charities in North Northamptonshire.  The Foundation is delighted to have worked on the Fund to support grant allocation and delivery.

Overall the Margaret Giffen Endowment fund has benefited 29,126 people at an average cost of £2.76 per beneficiary in Northamptonshire. The top three outcomes of the fund are;

  • Improve community cohesion
  • Increase access to sport, exercise and leisure activities
  • Support vulnerable people

These benefits have been predominantly for people and communities living in the North of the county and often within wards and areas of disadvantage and poverty.

Barry Rogers, Chair of Trustees and Partner at Tollers Solicitors said
“As Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust who have donated to the NCF Margaret Giffen Community Fund which has benefited from the matched funding scheme, I can confirm that many local community projects and charities have benefited from this fund. It would have been very difficult for me and my fellow trustees firstly to have located the many organisations who have benefited from this fund and secondly to have adequately vetted the numerous applications made for financial support. NCF have the necessary resources, expertise, and experience to do so which gives us every confidence that the funds we have donated are in safe hands and finding their way to where they are of most benefit to the local community as a whole.”

Ladies from the Kettering Rugby Football Club, who have recently benefited from the Margaret Giffen Fund.

If you would like to see the difference your donation makes, please contact Naomi Butters, Fund Development Manager for more information.