22 June 2011

Sam Younger, Baroness Prashar, Caroline Diehl, Thomas Hughes-Hallett and Dr James Partridge are all due to address one of the UK’s largest gatherings of charity professionals and volunteers at Community Foundation Network’s bi-annual conference at Northumbria University, from 22nd – 24th June.

CFN’s 2011 conference ‘Community Philanthropy: Engaging • Mobilising • Changing’ is focused on community transformation, localism and the development of a renewed philanthropic and responsibility culture – exploring how to engage the people who can mobilise the resources needed to change things for the better in communities.
350 delegates from across the country are expected to gather to hear key note speeches from Jim Diers, an adviser to Nick Hurd, MP, Minister for Civil Society, as well as from Sam Younger, CEO of the Charities Commission.
Community Foundation Network represents 57 local Community Foundations, covering almost 100% of the UK. With more than £224m in endowed funds and providing about £70m in grants a year community foundations combined are one of the UK’s biggest non-statutory community grant-makers. In total, its members helped 2,456 significant donors to direct funds effectively to around 26,000 community groups, working on issues ranging from education and drug rehabilitation, to environmental protection and social cohesion.
This year’s conference is being hosted by the three local community foundations working in partnership: Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, County Durham Community Foundation and Tees Valley Community Foundation. Jointly the three community foundations are responsible for investing £12m every year in supporting local community groups.

CFN’s Chief Executive, Stephen Hammersley, said:
“We are delighted to be holding this year’s conference in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a city which has done so much in recent years to regenerate itself through effective management of public, private and charitable funds, to create a dynamic local social economy and thriving community spirit.
The conference will provide an opportunity to showcase the work and expertise of community foundations and show their positive impact on the lives of thousands every year.”