County Durham Community Foundation can work with your business to help you create both short-term and lasting charitable funds for the benefit of the local community, the wider North East, or even further afield depending on your needs. Our expert team offers comprehensive advice on corporate social responsibility, helping you create a charitable fund that complements and furthers your organisation’s aims and objectives. This is the perfect alternative to setting up your own charitable trust.

All funds with the Foundation are named and branded in order to promote your support of the community, and we can work with you to create publicity opportunities! We can also provide opportunities to help involve your staff or board in your charitable activities, through employee giving committees, site visits and payroll giving.

Working with CDCF is also a great chance to network; if you look through our list of funds you will see the names of some of the region's leading businesses and entrepreneurs.

When your business sets up a named fund with us, you can choose whether your fund is spent over a set period of time (Revenue fund) or whether it is invested long-term (Endowment fund) enabling you to make grants each year using part of the income from the investment. 

If your business is relocating (or closing down), you could consider setting up a named fund as a legacy to the region and the people who have worked for you.

The Foundation also works with a large number of developers, including property and wind farm developers and landfill operators, to help them create Community Benefit Funds in their areas of operation.