First round of New Needs Funding awarded to sixteen groups

10 Jul 2020

First round of New Needs Funding awarded to sixteen groups

In response to coronavirus and the changing needs within communities, our New Needs Fund awarded £85,000 to sixteen communities throughout Northern Ireland this week. …

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New Needs Fund Now Open

29 Jun 2020

New Needs Fund Now Open

Community Foundation launches a £600,000 New Needs Fund helping communities and community organisations to address new needs appearing as a result of coronavirus.  …

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Techies in Residence launches ‘Design Hops’ to support VCSE Sector online

26 Jun 2020

Techies in Residence launches ‘Design Hops’ to support VCSE Sector online

The Community Foundation has today, 26th June 2020, announced a new approach to its 5th round of Techies in Residence, an innovative programme which matches local charities…

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Reflections on community responses to COVID-19

5 Jun 2020

Reflections on community responses to COVID-19

Paul Braithwaite, Community Foundation, and Maurice Meehan, Public Health Agency  (This article was published by PHA on 27 May)   In Northern Ireland we are used to…

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Pressure Groups Empower Community Change  

1 Jun 2020

Pressure Groups Empower Community Change  

Throughout the Foundation’s history we have been committed to addressing the challenges of peacebuilding, social justice and effective community development. We believe…

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360 Giving Data

29 May 2020

360 Giving Data

Coronavirus Community Fund Update Opened 15th March 1,015 applications received £1.68 Million awarded to groups Over 515 groups supported So far, we’ve been able to…

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Kindness in lockdown for mental health

24 May 2020

Kindness in lockdown for mental health

“It’s important we learn from the coronavirus pandemic to be more kind as a society.” As mental health awareness week draws to a close and we live our lives in…

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Saying Thank you on #GivingTuesdayNow 

4 May 2020

Saying Thank you on #GivingTuesdayNow 

On Tuesday 5th May we’re celebrating a global day of unity in response to Coronavirus – #GivingTuesdayNow. A day where people come together to recognise, celebrate…

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Coronavirus Foundation Update

1 May 2020

Coronavirus Foundation Update

Coronavirus Community Fund Update Opened 15th March 1,016 applications received  £1.68 Million awarded to groups  Over 515 groups supported View groups here.   So…

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Comic Relief supports ‘No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme’.

30 Apr 2020

Comic Relief supports ‘No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme’.

Comic Relief and the Community Foundation respond to child hunger in Northern Ireland as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. Through the Children Surviving and Thriving…

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Communities Achieving Impact 

30 Apr 2020

Communities Achieving Impact 

We’re delighted to have awarded over £1,000,000 in funding from our Coronavirus Community Fund. In just four weeks nearly 300 local communities who are doing amazing…

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£21m is not enough – Andrew’s advice to charity CEO’s 

27 Apr 2020

£21m is not enough – Andrew’s advice to charity CEO’s 

It’s now two weeks since the UK Chancellor announced £750m of extra funding for frontline charities across the UK and we’re hoping to hear shortly what that…

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Giving in response to Covid19? Do it ….. but just take a minute to answer 3 questions 

23 Apr 2020

Giving in response to Covid19? Do it ….. but just take a minute to answer 3 questions 

Taking a minute is something we’ve all done more of recently. As life as we know it has changed we’ve had to stop and think about what to do, how to cope, our family…

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The Lightbody Foundation supports vulnerable people affected by Coronavirus

22 Apr 2020

The Lightbody Foundation supports vulnerable people affected by Coronavirus

The Lightbody Foundation set up by Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody has donated £30,000 to support the most vulnerable groups affected by Coronavirus. The £30,000…

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Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund grows to over £1 million after three weeks of launching

15 Apr 2020

Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund grows to over £1 million after three weeks of launching

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has awarded £622k to over 245 community groups supporting people of all ages and at increased risk as a result of the virus,…

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Derry City and Strabane District Council Contributes £50,000

12 Apr 2020

Derry City and Strabane District Council Contributes £50,000

A special fund of £50,000 will open today in Derry and Strabane to assist with the delivery of support and bolster vital community services in the local response to…

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Minister announces funding supporting the Coronavirus Community Fund

9 Apr 2020

Minister announces funding supporting the Coronavirus Community Fund

DAERA Minister, Edwin Poots MLA today announced that he will provide £200,000 towards the ‘Coronavirus Community Fund’. The Community Foundation fund, which opened on…

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Bank of Ireland donate €150,000 to  the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund 

3 Apr 2020

Bank of Ireland donate €150,000 to  the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund 

Bank of Ireland have donated €150,000 in support of local charities and community organisations assisting vulnerable individuals and groups through challenges faced by…

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The Community Foundation receives £100,000 from National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal

30 Mar 2020

The Community Foundation receives £100,000 from National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has announced the first allocation of nearly £2.5m going out to front line charities to help those most in need. £100,000 of the…

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ARN Foundation contributes an additional £100,000 to the Coronavirus Community Fund 

28 Mar 2020

ARN Foundation contributes an additional £100,000 to the Coronavirus Community Fund 

The Community Foundation welcomed an additional contribution of £100,000 from the ARN Foundation today, funding which is much needed in Northern Ireland . The ARN…

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Communities rally together to offer support to the vulnerable 

26 Mar 2020

Communities rally together to offer support to the vulnerable 

In just three weeks the Coronavirus Community Fund has reached a total of £1 million! Awarding over 245 community groups and awarded over £624,000 to groups seeking to…

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Community Foundation broadens criteria for Coronavirus Community Fund 

25 Mar 2020

Community Foundation broadens criteria for Coronavirus Community Fund 

Adapting to what we’ve been hearing from groups on the ground, other funders in NI and the changing daily challenges presented by Covid19, the Community Foundation will…

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A note from our CEO

24 Mar 2020

A note from our CEO

Like everyone, my life is currently dominated by background noise of uncertainty and fear. It’s completely daunting. I’ve just spent 30 minutes reading through the…

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£200,000 for the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund

20 Mar 2020

£200,000 for the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund

The Community Foundation are delighted to be working with the Department for Communities. Communities Minister, Deirdre Hargey MLA, has announced that she is providing…

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Ulster Garden Villages Limited match fund the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community fund 

20 Mar 2020

Ulster Garden Villages Limited match fund the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community fund 

The Community Foundation are delighted to receive this first major contribution from Ulster Garden Villages to their recently launched Coronavirus Community Fund.  This…

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The National Emergencies Trust Appeal

18 Mar 2020

The National Emergencies Trust Appeal

The National Emergencies Trust has today (Wednesday 18th March) launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship as…

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Community Foundation launches Coronavirus Community Fund

15 Mar 2020

Community Foundation launches Coronavirus Community Fund

Joining the wave of generosity that the coronavirus is provoking from communities across Northern Ireland, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has opened a fund…

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Coronavirus Statement

15 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Statement

We are aware of and understand the many challenges that people and organisations we fund and stakeholders we work with may be facing due to the Coronavirus. We want to be…

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Funding new solutions to real world social, economic and environmental challenges

14 Mar 2020

Funding new solutions to real world social, economic and environmental challenges

This week we completed our latest Community Innovators programme with 18 groups pitching for a share of £140,000 of seed funding. The teams presented their ideas and…

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Sign up to our Grassroots Leadership Programme

4 Mar 2020

Sign up to our Grassroots Leadership Programme

We are seeking individuals from a range of communities across Northern Ireland to take part in our Building Leaders, Building Peace: A Grassroots Leadership Programme. Each…

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Five Northern Ireland mental health charities benefit from partnership between the Institute of Directors and the Community Foundation.

2 Mar 2020

Five Northern Ireland mental health charities benefit from partnership between the Institute of Directors and the Community Foundation.

Five local mental health charities which were supported through an 18-month partnership between IOD and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.   Gordon Milligan,…

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Thank You!

5 Feb 2020

Thank You!

As we finish celebrating our 40th anniversary year we would like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout the year celebrating and sharing the powerful impact…

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Democracy Day 2020 focused on increasing public participation in democratic decision making at Stormont   

4 Feb 2020

Democracy Day 2020 focused on increasing public participation in democratic decision making at Stormont   

Fourteen new initiatives aimed at deepening local democracy in communities across Northern Ireland will share £500,000 of funding, mentoring and support from the Community…

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Women and girls projects in Northern Ireland receive £131,600  funding boost from the Tampon Tax

16 Jan 2020

Women and girls projects in Northern Ireland receive £131,600  funding boost from the Tampon Tax

Grassroots groups working across Northern Ireland from Limavady to Banbridge have been awarded much-needed grants worth £131,600.00 to help support local women and girls…

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Lightbody Foundation Awards £70,000 just in time for christmas  

16 Jan 2020

Lightbody Foundation Awards £70,000 just in time for christmas  

Seven charities have benefited from a second round of funding from the Lightbody Foundation, set up by the popular Snow Patrol artist, Gary Lightbody in partnership with…

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Aquinas Pupil joins forces with the Community Foundation to support Ardoyne Afterschools Club

9 Jan 2020

Aquinas Pupil joins forces with the Community Foundation to support Ardoyne Afterschools Club

Aquinas Upper Sixth pupil Oisín Cahalane has raised £500  in partnership with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland to fund new games and play equipment for…

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£4,000 of Christmas Giving through the Destitute Asylum Seekers Fund

20 Dec 2019

£4,000 of Christmas Giving through the Destitute Asylum Seekers Fund

In the spirit of giving in December 2019 we awarded £4,000 to eight individuals who are destitute because of their asylum status in Northern Ireland. The awards helped to…

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“Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us everyday.” RIP

19 Dec 2019

“Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us everyday.” RIP

It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our beloved colleague and friend Maurice Healy has passed away after a short illness. Maurice worked with the Foundation for…

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Musgrave and Power NI Scoop up the CSR Award at The Business Eye Awards 2019

9 Dec 2019

Musgrave and Power NI Scoop up the CSR Award at The Business Eye Awards 2019

We were delighted to sponsor  the Community (CSR) Award again at the recent Business Eye Awards 2019. Now in their thirteenth consecutive year, the prestigious awards…

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Community Foundation for Northern Ireland celebrates 40th anniversary on ‘Giving Tuesday’ with £40K giveaway

6 Dec 2019

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland celebrates 40th anniversary on ‘Giving Tuesday’ with £40K giveaway

Christmas has come early for over 40 older people’s groups, through a bumper £40K giveaway announced at the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s anniversary…

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Citizens’ Assembly Report Shows Positive Attitudes Of MLAs Towards Citizens’ Assemblies. 

21 Nov 2019

Citizens’ Assembly Report Shows Positive Attitudes Of MLAs Towards Citizens’ Assemblies. 

The first citizens’ assembly for Northern Ireland met in October and November to 2018 to discuss the future of social care for older people. A survey carried out…

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Comic Relief awards open for funding as eight charities in Northern Ireland receive a grant  

14 Nov 2019

Comic Relief awards open for funding as eight charities in Northern Ireland receive a grant  

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has been appointed by Comic Relief to make funding available to voluntary and community groups supporting children in NI to…

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People Powered Change is the focus as new Civic Innovation Programme Launches

22 Oct 2019

People Powered Change is the focus as new Civic Innovation Programme Launches

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is launching an ambitious Civic Innovation programme to support initiatives that put people at the centre of decision-making…

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Navigator Financial Planning celebrate 15th Birthday with a donation to the local community

18 Oct 2019

Navigator Financial Planning celebrate 15th Birthday with a donation to the local community

In celebration of 15 successful years in business the partners and staff at Navigator Financial Planning invited guests and clients to Cultra Manor, Holywood earlier this…

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Community Innovators announces second burst of funding! 

16 Oct 2019

Community Innovators announces second burst of funding! 

Have you got an idea to overcome a challenge in your community?  Our Community Innovators is a programme which supports you to find lasting solutions to challenges within…

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Techies In Residence Projects Create Impact in the Homeless Sector 

11 Oct 2019

Techies In Residence Projects Create Impact in the Homeless Sector 

Techies in Residence an innovative Community Foundation programme which matches local charities and social enterprises with digital technology partners is creating an…

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IFA partner with the Community Foundation to open new Inclusive Clubs Fund

8 Oct 2019

IFA partner with the Community Foundation to open new Inclusive Clubs Fund

The Community Foundation is delighted to announce a new partnership with the IFA supporting them with their new Inclusive Clubs Programme.  The Inclusive Clubs Programme…

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Fund in memory of Thomas Devlin helps young people reach their potential

4 Oct 2019

Fund in memory of Thomas Devlin helps young people reach their potential

The Thomas Devlin Fund has awarded bursaries to four more young performing arts students from Northern Ireland. Established in 2008, the fund provides young people with an…

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£15m invested to create 30 Space and Place projects in communities across Northern Ireland now complete

4 Oct 2019

£15m invested to create 30 Space and Place projects in communities across Northern Ireland now complete

The £15m Space and Place project, managed by the Community Foundation comes to an end this month as its 30th project, Destined in Derry~Londonderry opens. The National…

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Business Eye 2019 Open For Nominations

4 Oct 2019

Business Eye 2019 Open For Nominations

We are delighted to be sponsoring the Community (CSR) Award again at the Business Eye Awards 2019. Now in their  thirteenth consecutive year, the prestigious awards which…

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New website inspiring generosity and achieving Impact

2 Sep 2019

New website inspiring generosity and achieving Impact

This month, as we open five funding opportunities we’re delighted to welcome you to our new website.  Packed full of useful information about our work connecting people…

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Mandatory voting,  participatory budgeting and connected politics could deepen democracy in Northern Ireland 

30 Aug 2019

Mandatory voting,  participatory budgeting and connected politics could deepen democracy in Northern Ireland 

Participants from a range of charities and voluntary organisations across Northern Ireland joined the Community Foundation to share input and discuss how our Civic…

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Foundation Welcomes Two New Trustees

5 Aug 2019

Foundation Welcomes Two New Trustees

The trustees of the Community Foundation are responsible for ensuring we stay on track, hold to the right values, and have the right vision and mission. They give…

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Northern Ireland voluntary sector benefits from celebration of generosity during Philanthropy Fortnight 2019

13 Jun 2019

Northern Ireland voluntary sector benefits from celebration of generosity during Philanthropy Fortnight 2019

Philanthropy Fortnight 2019, the recent two week long celebration of generosity, highlighted the very real and positive impacts which philanthropy makes at a societal level…

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Telecommunity Grant-making Committee Seek Community Representative

28 May 2019

Telecommunity Grant-making Committee Seek Community Representative

Join the Telecommunity Grant-making committee and become the new community representative. The Telecommunity Grant-making committee consists of representatives from the…

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Philanthropy Fortnight 2019 set to celebrate NI generosity

10 May 2019

Philanthropy Fortnight 2019 set to celebrate NI generosity

As one of the most charitable and generous regions in the UK, Northern Ireland is set to celebrate all the positive impacts that philanthropy makes during this year’s…

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40 years of the Community Foundation……Giving back, looking forward

3 May 2019

40 years of the Community Foundation……Giving back, looking forward

It’s always been the role of the Community Foundation as an independent funder in Northern Ireland to be looking out for what’s coming next, what’s up ahead and where…

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Shared and socially just society must be achieved peacefully

21 Apr 2019

Shared and socially just society must be achieved peacefully

On Good Friday we woke up to the horrific news that a young woman had lost her life in a cruel and senseless way whilst doing the job she loved. Our sincerest sympathies go…

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Community Foundation matches Techies with Charities for Social Good

19 Apr 2019

Community Foundation matches Techies with Charities for Social Good

Techies in Residence, a Community Foundation programme has announced six new tech and charity partners for its next round. One of the partnerships between Derry~Londonderry…

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Community Foundation encourages charity donors to give tax efficiently and make the most of giving

29 Mar 2019

Community Foundation encourages charity donors to give tax efficiently and make the most of giving

As we head towards the end of another tax year, the Community Foundation which provides donor services and advice on charitable giving in Northern Ireland is encouraging…

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£1million anonymous donation highlights NI generosity

18 Feb 2019

£1million anonymous donation highlights NI generosity

Local charity and community groups are set to receive an unprecedented boost through an anonymous donation of £1m to be distributed to local communities. Donated through…

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Perfect match as IoD NI and Community Foundation work together to support mental health in NI

11 Jan 2019

Perfect match as IoD NI and Community Foundation work together to support mental health in NI

The Institute of Directors Northern Ireland and the Community Foundation is working in partnership to support mental health issues in 2019. The Foundation, an independent…

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Tender Opportunity – Marketing and Communications Support

17 Dec 2018

Tender Opportunity – Marketing and Communications Support

We wish to contract support for 3 – 4 days a week between Jan and March 2019 for marketing to key stakeholders, including organising a range of events, campaigns and…

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A Christmas Message from Community Foundation Chief Executive – Andrew McCracken

14 Dec 2018

A Christmas Message from Community Foundation Chief Executive – Andrew McCracken

Looking back on 2018 I am pleased to say it has been another exciting and successful year for the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. Our aim is to connect people…

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Double donations with Deep RiverRock

4 Dec 2018

Double donations with Deep RiverRock

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is working alongside Deep RiverRock on their new #ThirstForBetter campaign The campaign aims to celebrate and help Community…

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Launch of Major Donor Project Findings

7 Nov 2018

Launch of Major Donor Project Findings

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland are hosting a ‘Bites session’ with the IOF on the results of the Major Donor Project research in Northern Ireland.…

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Unwrap the gift of giving this year with the Community Foundation Northern Ireland

17 Oct 2018

Unwrap the gift of giving this year with the Community Foundation Northern Ireland

Whether you’re representing your workplace, your family or yourself, come along to Ormeau Baths, on ‘Giving Tuesday’, 27th November and hear from amazing charities…

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The Community Foundation helping you to help others

11 Oct 2018

The Community Foundation helping you to help others

The Foundation was at the Personal Finance Society (PFS) conference in Belfast this month talking about our services for professional advisors and their clients. Conor…

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Now is the perfect time for a Citizens’ Assembly says Andrew McCracken

14 Sep 2018

Now is the perfect time for a Citizens’ Assembly says Andrew McCracken

Andrew McCracken Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland believes that with the NI Assembly in suspension for the foreseeable future, now is the…

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Community Foundation welcomes Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to NI

13 Sep 2018

Community Foundation welcomes Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to NI

In partnership with the Bank of England, the Community Foundation was delighted to welcome Mark Carney, the Bank’s Governor to Northern Ireland this week. Mr Carney met…

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Foundation for philanthropy in Northern Ireland

13 Sep 2018

Foundation for philanthropy in Northern Ireland

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has launched a new and independent service to promote, profile and grow philanthropy in Northern Ireland. Building on the…

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Lord Peter Melchett’s contribution to the Community Foundation remembered

31 Aug 2018

Lord Peter Melchett’s contribution to the Community Foundation remembered

Andrew McCracken Chief Executive of the Community Foundation reflects on the contribution of Lord Peter Melchett to community Development in Northern Ireland. The Community…

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Women’s Fund for NI Golf Day

31 Aug 2018

Women’s Fund for NI Golf Day

The Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland is encouraging people to take part in its Golf Day on 21st September to help it continue its work supporting women across NI. The…

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