13 Jun 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 and launched new funding opportunities for community groups and individuals.
Lead partners Fermanagh Trust, Belfast Charitable Society,Arts and Business NI and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland launched new funds, held award events for recipients of existing funds and shared insights and learnings on different giving models; from corporate giving to giving circles and individual philanthropists to charitable foundations.
Siofra Healy, Director of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation summarised, “Philanthropy Fortnight is an opportunity to celebrate that Northern Ireland is one of the most generous regions in the UK and the impact that generosity makes to our society. Generosity is not limited to a two week period however and over the last year, one in every eight people in NI benefited from local philanthropy through the Foundation with over £2m in grants awarded. While statistics can be impressive, the real impact can be seen when individuals’ lives are changed.
Marcella Walsh, Art’s Programme Co-ordinator, Arts & Business NI said, “Arts & Business NI’s participation in the Philanthropy Fortnight 2019 campaign is an excellent way to celebrate the generosity through Philanthropy for Arts projects and Business engagement, by highlighting successful stories and innovative collaborations. Crowdfunding has revolutionised the way in which organisations and artists can create and makes it easy for individual supporters to engage in 21st Century Philanthropic causes, make a difference and champion Arts and Culture in NI.”
Lauri McCusker Director at the Fermanagh Trust highlighted the importance of the fortnight’s events ‘‘Here in Fermanagh, Philanthropy Fortnight provided our Foundation with an important opportunity to shine a light on excellent examples of local giving for both local and international causes. It was a terrific positive experience bringing philanthropists and recipients together to share and celebrate their endeavours’’.
Paula Reynolds, Chief Executive at Belfast Charitable Society said, “Past and present philanthropists have made a real difference in Northern Ireland and this Philanthropy Fortnight we collectively celebrated the real difference that giving makes and highlighted how we need philanthropy today more than ever.”