Many of our supporters choose to donate through us anonymously, entrusting us to direct their giving on their behalf.

Every donor has a different story to tell and has different aims for their giving. A member of the County Durham Community Foundation team works closely alongside each of our donors to get to know their giving preferences and the areas in which they would like to see change in the local community.

Read the story of one such donor, how they came to give through County Durham Community Foundation and the impact made from their generous donation(s) so far.

How it all began

A private but passionate member of the community, our Anonymous Donor got in touch with us back in 2012 to set up both a revenue and endowment fund. This meant that the Donor could both immediately set up a fund that could support a cause close to their heart and establish a long-term endowment fund with us that will make a positive change in the community for years to come.

“I have been both personally and professionally connected to the local area for a number of years and circumstances allowed back in 2012 for this to be the time that I consider the very best way to give to the community.

“The County Durham Community Foundation was brought to my attention by a trusted friend as an organisation that could professionally set up my funds and deliver them to the causes that I have wanted to support for some time. The complexity of setting up a method of giving that is professional, efficient and delivers maximum impact for my donation has always made me anxious about giving on a bigger scale, but I have to say the team at the County Durham Community Foundation are extremely professional, knowledgeable and transparent and have made the giving process a pleasure.”

Making a difference

More than 10 individuals and groups from across the North East region have benefitted from funds by our Anonymous Donor and, in turn, each of these groups have gone on to touch the lives of hundreds of beneficiaries in the local area.

One group to benefit was the Wingate and Station Town Family Centre who were awarded £5,000 towards weekly ‘Kinder Kraft’ sessions. The craft activities introduce new skills to children, and parents gain ideas for activities they can try at home. The sessions provide parents with quality time to share with their little ones and a chance to meet friends.

Alison Nutter from the centre said “We are so grateful for the funding. The project has created opportunities for parents to engage with their children and understand how to support their early development so that they can enter Nursery ready to learn. We are hoping by the end of the project we will have helped support around 80 disadvantaged parents on low income, living in Wingate, Station Town or surrounding villages, to improve their emotional wellbeing and enjoy the time they spend raising their children.”

“It’s fantastic to see the difference that these grants are making every day to the lives of very deserving individuals and causes I feel extremely passionately about.

“I receive regular reports from the community foundation on each of the individuals and groups that have benefitted from one of my funds and although I prefer to remain anonymous, I also receive via the community foundation pictures, thanks and feedback directly from the grant recipients themselves. It gives me peace of mind to know that my fund is handled with professionalism and that each granted pound makes it into the right hands. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this method of giving to anyone.”

With thanks to you

To all of our anonymous donors, it is with thanks to you that positive change in the community is made possible. Thank you.

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