Inspiring giving spring 2015

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Inspiring GIVING SPRING 2015

Good friends Dear supporter, We all need good friends – the ones who are there to support you when you need it most. Friends like Professor Hans and Mrs Marit Rausing. We met in 2006 when they set up our first-ever named fund in order to manage their local giving in Sussex. Their charitable objectives are very similar to our own - to tackle the root causes of deprivation and disadvantage across Sussex. Their original £50,000 donation kickstarted our grant-making and, crucially, gave confidence to other donors to come on board and trust us to help them focus their own giving. We’ve made many new friends since then and, thanks to these friends, we have just reached a very exciting milestone. At their first Board meeting in 2006, our trustees set themselves a target to build a £10 million endowment fund within ten years. They knew this was ambitious but wanted to establish a firm foundation to support Sussex communities well into the future. On 31st January 2015, we reached this £10 million target, one year ahead of schedule. We are proud of this achievement. It proves that we are good at what we do and that we can inspire our friends to support Sussex people and communities. Sometimes, this can leave us wondering how to pay our own bills. We don’t waste money. In fact, for every £1 we spend on fundraising, we bring in over £50. This compares extremely favourably with the average £5.83 brought in for every £1 spent by the top 100 charities. We are launching our new Friends scheme to give you the opportunity to support us to support Sussex communities in a simple but effective way. Friends of Sussex Community Foundation make an annual gift, either £500 or £1,000. Your donations will support our day-to-day work, bringing in new funds, running our grants programme and helping us to plan for the long-term benefit of Sussex people. We will thank our Friends on our website. You’ll get our Annual Review, an invitation to our annual public event, where you’ll meet some of the people you have helped and you’ll be able to claim tax relief on your donation. If you sign up to give a £1,000 or more, we’ll invite you to one of our exclusive Sussex events and thank you in our Annual Review. But more importantly than all of that, you’ll be demonstrating your support for the local community, supporting our development and helping us to help communities help themselves across Sussex. For more information, visit We’d like to publicly thank Marit & Hans Rausing for their original faith in us and all our friends who have been inspired to follow their lead.

News in brief SURVIVING WINTER The first Surviving Winter grants to groups supporting older and vulnerable people have started to go out. This year, our campaign has raised over £16,000. Thank you to everyone who donated to it. With all the main political parties talking about scrapping the winter fuel allowance after May’s General Election, our campaign may look a little different next winter! GOODBYE HELLO We said goodbye to three tireless trustees last year and said hello to two more.

Goodbye to Steve Manwaring, Kathy Gore DL and John Peel OBE and hello to Maggie Burgess and His Honour Keith Hollis (pictured above right). We look forward to working with them to build on the success of our departing trustees. NEXT GRANTS DEADLINE Our next grants deadline is on Friday 17 April 2015, 5pm. Visit for more information and to apply online. Or call 01273 409440. FRIENDS If you want to give to Sussex but the time isn’t right to make a larger donation, you may be interested to hear more about our new Friends scheme which will help to fund us to fund others. Visit NEWSLETTER DELIVERY

Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive, Sussex Community Foundation

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