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Community Foundation for Merseyside Newsletter Summer 2012

The Community Foundation for Merseyside is for donors, for communities and for Merseyside. As an independent registered charity we are part of a national movement of community foundations that undertakes strategic social investment, facilitates philanthropy and contributes to achieving positive social change in our local communities.

Welcome from Cathy Elliott, Chief Executive

Welcome to our first Community Foundation for Merseyside e-newsletter which we will send out three times a year to keep you updated on our latest news and activity. Firstly I want to thank you for your involvement and support of the Community Foundation this year and in previous years; it is very much appreciated by the staff team and trustees of the charity.

We continue to work hard as your local Community Foundation to invest funding to meet local needs, tackle social issues and support community aspirations. As Merseyside's Philanthropy Centre we are developing new ways of ensuring that best practice is shared. This includes the new Philanthropy Fellowship North West and endowment match funding available via Government for private and charity donors on a 50% basis. All our new initiatives are detailed in this newsletter.

So, I hope you find this e-newsletter of interest and inspiration, and we look forward to working with you in 2012/13. Thank you again for your support.

Spirit of Merseyside Awards 2012

The Spirit of Merseyside Awards 2012 took place at St. George's Hall, Liverpool on Thursday 14th June 2012. The event is the Community Foundation's showpiece event and is the largest community awards in our region. It gives supporters, donors, volunteers and the communities of Merseyside the opportunity to reward and honour the vital work that is taking place in our community and voluntary sector. The event attracted 400 guests from local community groups, businesses and public sector organisations to recognise and celebrate some of the remarkable community work that takes place across the communities of Merseyside. We were pleased to welcome our Patron Cherie Blair as our special guest on the night and we gave special congratulations to our overall community winner, The Open Door Centre, as Project of the Year. To see a full list of winners and finalists and for some more pictures please see our website.

Localgiving.com

Localgiving.com is a unique website that gives small charities and community groups the online presence they need to raise vital awareness and support. At the same time Localgiving.com offers donors and volunteers a new way of engaging with the charitable organisations that are working hard to make UK communities a better place. You can search for a charity or community group by location, by cause or by the people you can help; find and support the organisations and causes that you care about; send secure online donations, log in and see how your support is helping to make a real difference.

Community First Endowment Challenge

Community First Endowment Match Challenge has given a huge boost to Merseyside's communities by generating £500,000 in new donations which will be held in endowment to benefit local communities for years to come. Match funding has been made available by the government until 2015 and ultimately aims to drive investment of approximately £3 million to support local projects, charities and social businesses across Merseyside. We would like to thank all our donors who have worked with us on this project so far.

Merseyside 100

In its 18 month life the Merseyside 100 continues to experience successes. Grant-making began at the beginning of 2011 from available funds, and has thus far distributed £16,030 to various community projects across Merseyside and has built an endowment for the future of the Merseyside region of £72,500. The members of Merseyside 100 recently won Emerging Philanthropist of the Year Award at the Spirit of Merseyside Awards 2012, giving the scheme great recognition. This type of 'club' is often difficult to establish in the UK due to a cultural lack of talking openly about charitable giving. Now with 25 members, our priority is seeking new members, either businesses or individuals, to join with others to pool their resources together and give collaboratively to ensure that the distribution of unrestricted funding can continue. Membership to join our region's giving circle is at a value of £1,000 per year pledged for three years.

The Philanthropy Fellowship North West

We are pleased to have launched the Philanthropy Fellowship North West with a lecture entitled Philanthropy in our Time in Preston. The Fellowship is delivered across the region in partnership with the Community Foundation for Lancashire and Cheshire Community Foundation and will create a network of community philanthropists with shared principles to support local communities. We also want to help and encourage those who wish to be more involved in their communities and inspire future generations of philanthropists. So far we have two Fellows signed up who will help to inform and shape the way that this exciting initiative is delivered.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and learn a little bit more about us. We would love to hear from you regarding any of the topics featured or just if you are interested in the Community Foundation. Don't forget to keep visiting our website for all the latest information on ways to give, available funding and upcoming events.

Community Foundation for Merseyside website