Staff from County Durham Community Foundation smile at the camera

Durham Foundation scores top grade for quality.

We have been named as one of only three foundations to score an ‘A’ in a recent assessment.

County Durham Community Foundation was inspected under the Foundation Practice Rating and praised for ‘excellent practice.’

100 grant making foundations were looked at as part of the study. This included the five largest grant making foundations in the UK and the 10 foundations that funded the study.

The rest of the participants were picked at random.

Each foundation that was assessed was given a grade between ‘A’ and ‘D’ with ‘A’ being the highest grade.

County Durham Community Foundation was one of five chosen from our national network of 47 community foundations.

Michelle Cooper, CEO, said: “It’s very encouraging to do so well in this research, and to read the feedback. That said, we have no intention of resting. We are always learning and keen to improve what we do.

“There is huge need in our communities and until that is met, our work to tackle poverty and enrich lives carries on.”

The project was led by Friends Provident Foundation with Giving Evidence carrying out the research. It was funded by 10 foundations. The aim of the project is to improve practice across transparency, accountability, and diversity.