What we do
What we do
The Community Foundation Wakefield District is an independent charity, created in 2007 to support local community groups and charities in the Wakefield District.
Wakefield District holds a special place in our hearts and so our mission is to:
Inspire local giving, support communities and change lives!
How we achieve this…
We rely on the generosity of businesses and individuals who care about where they live and work and who want to ‘give something back’. Wakefield District covers a large geographic area and has much to be proud of, however, there are still major pockets of deprivation and it is in these areas that we target by doing the following:
• Fundraise, create grants and distribute them to local causes
• Raise funds annually for Fuel Poverty
• Donate preloved items to people in need via our charity shop, the Community Give Box, at Trinity Walk
• Sell new and preloved goods to raise funds at the Community Give Box
• Celebrate local volunteers through our annual Unsung Heroes Awards
An important part of the Community Foundation’s role is to engage in debate about policy development, social action and other areas where we have experience and knowledge.
Hundreds of charities and voluntary groups work across the district to address inequalities. We invest in these groups and help communities thrive via our grants programmes.
We improve lives and unite the people of Wakefield District and aim to be a force for good.
We are a registered charity and limited company, governed by a board of trustees chaired by David Dinmore. Other trustees include: Marie Szczepanski, Rebecca Payne, Barbara Paterson, Marie Lees, Jon Ingham, Richard Hodgson, Louise Pearson, Claire Sutherley and Cllr Denise Jeffery.
Craig Shepherd is the Chief Executive Officer. Linda Shaw and Julia Smith manage the Community Give Box. Meet our other team members here.
What is a Community Foundation?
There are many Community Foundations across the UK helping individuals, families, companies, charitable trusts and public sector bodies connect with, support and invest in their local communities. They address a wide range of issues and provide funding for our communities through ‘grassroots’ charities and community groups.
They are vehicles for corporate and other giving and act locally to help build social capital in the long term. Many Community Foundations now command assets worth millions and award grants worth many hundreds of thousands each year.
A Community Foundation encourages philanthropy in a geographical area by raising money to build an endowment fund to award grants from investment income and other funds to tackle disadvantage.