What we do
We are the Community Foundation Wakefield District
Wakefield District holds a special place in our hearts. Our mission is to inspire local giving, support communities and change lives. We do this by creating funds and distributing them to local causes and individuals.
The foundation was created in 2007, and has been in operation for more than 13 years.
Wakefield District covers a large geographic area and has much to be proud of. Recently, there has been significant investment bucking the national trend. However, there are still major pockets of deprivation and it is those areas that the Foundation targets.
Hundreds of charities and voluntary groups work across the district to address inequality and help communities. We invest in those groups and help new ones to set up. We raise funds and award grants, host debates, share advice and aim to be a force for good.
We rely on the generosity of businesses and individuals who care about where they live and work and who want to ‘give something back’.
So far, we have awarded more than £1.75 million to charities, community groups and individuals. We improve lives and unite the people of Wakefield District.
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, Tom Long, Marie Lees and Louise Pearson. Murray Edwards is the foundation director and Theresa Barrett is head of development.
An important part of the foundation’s role is to engage in debate about policy development, social action and other areas where we have experience and knowledge.
An analysis of the needs of communities in Wakefield district is underway and it will identify the foundation’s targets for support.
What is a Community Foundation?
There are 46 community foundations across the UK helping individuals, families, companies, charitable trusts and public sector bodies connect with, support and invest in their local communities. We 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. 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.