- Good Stewardship – We make wise financial investments for our donors and effective grants to our communities.
- Strong Leadership – We are committed to bringing fresh approaches to the solving of tough issues in our communities.
- Strategic Partnerships – We connect resources to needs, organisations to organisations and people to people.
A changing economic landscape: The focus for income generation changed significantly in 2009 from an emphasis on fundraising events to adopting a clear strategy around boosting membership income and channelling time into developing relationships with local professional advisers with the primary aim of attracting more legacies and boosting the endowment.The Community Foundation hosted a pilot professional adviser event in August 2009 and a number of these events are now planned each year.Between 2000 and 2010 the community foundation landscape has changed significantly in Yorkshire.Community Foundation for Calderdale and the South Yorkshire Community Foundation have been joined with community foundations in Leeds, Wakefield and Kirklees; and more widely in Yorkshire with a Two Ridings Community Foundation covering North & East Yorkshire .The Community Foundation for Calderdale assisted the development of the emerging foundation in Kirklees, the One Community Foundation, during 2009/10. The knock-on effect of ‘increased community foundation coverage’ of the sub-region inevitably affects resources previously enjoyed by Calderdale’s foundation alone, but the early signs are encouraging i.e. the expertise and networks of all the individual foundations are attracting new grants schemes.The economic downturn (Sept 2008 onwards), which included the collapse of HBoS and the bailing out of a number of financial institutions, brought about a review of the the Foundation’s investment strategy, and a decision to significantly redistribute monies from financial institutions to investment in local property.May 2009 saw the purchase of 19 Horton Street for £1.26 million and in September 2009 the Friends Meeting House for £295,000. In November 2009 the Board agreed for Next Step Trust, the ground floor tenants at Community Foundation House, to expand and utilise the first floor in May 2010; requiring either a further investment in property or relocation to suitable offices to rent.The return on the overall investment portfolio will provide much needed grant funding to the Third sector in Calderdale and provide the operational income to continue to promote and encourage philanthropy and distribute grants particularly to smaller organisations unable to enter into commissioning arrangements and service level agreement with public sector bodies.
Milestones and Achievements:
- Provided vital information on the mapping of need in the area.
- Successfully tendered for funding schemes and provided several million pounds of grant aid to a wide range of groups working across the borough and West Yorkshire.
- Attracted membership income from large and small companies, individuals and voluntary groups.
- Played a leading role in influencing and shaping Calderdale’s Third Sector.
- Played a leading role with the Council and statutory agencies in building the capacity of the voluntary sector and improving representation – including the hosting of a network development team whose remit was to build up the capacity of Third Sector organisations to participate fully in key partnerships and in the delivery of key services in Calderdale.
- Purchased Community Foundation House, and subsequently 19 Horton Street, the Friends Meeting House and the Old Cornholme Library to spread investment risk and generate further income.
- Attracted a legacy from the Denham Family of over £2.6 million.
- Gained the Community Foundation Network Quality Mark and retained the Investors in People Award.
- Made a significant contribution to the development of the national network including the establishing of the Leeds Community Foundation in 2004, Wakefield Community Foundation in 2008 and the One Community Foundation (Kirklees) in 2009/10Built an endowment to almost £9m to dat