16 Jul 2017
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 Foundation’s experience of advising High Net Worth Individuals, Corporates and Institutional donors on effective and strategic giving, they will take on the work of Giving NI, raising awareness of philanthropy and growing purposeful giving in NI.
A priority for the new service is to ensure that people and organisations giving strategically in NI have access to independent advice, good guidance and options around flexible ways to give.
Creating a centre of expertise for the promotion and practice of giving, the Foundation expects to encourage more funding into the sector and will also convene networks and forums for peer learning and conduct further research into strategic giving in NI.
Working closely with partners such as professional advisors, sister organisations and government the new donor service division will encourage and advocate for a better environment and appetite to support strategic giving in our mixed economy.
Giving NI was set up with support from Atlantic Philanthropies to encourage a more resilient and sustainable voluntary sector in NI and the new service will build on this work, providing guidance and encouragement for those seeking to support the charitable and voluntary sector.
Welcoming the development, Community Foundation Chair Maeve Monaghan said: “We know that there is room for growth in strategic giving in Northern Ireland and as a local Community Foundation we are well placed to lead and facilitate this”
Commenting Gary Mills Chair of Giving NI said: “The Community Foundation has a long track record of encouraging generosity, grant-making and building capacity in NI. The Board of Giving NI are pleased to align our services with the Foundation and delighted they will build on this much-needed work”
Under the new arrangement Giving NI will no longer operate and a new donor services team at the Foundation will be led by Siofra Healy, Director of Philanthropy.