Our Year 2016

Steve Hindley CBE DL, Chairman

In 2016 Devon Community Foundation (DCF) celebrated a real milestone: 20 years of fostering a culture of giving across the county helping to build and maintain thriving communities. It is the work of the organisations we invest in that help people rebuild their lives, support them to overcome challenges they face and achieve their goals. The astounding work that is done by these organisations receiving funding from us, is possible only through the donations and actions of local people.

We now hold over 50 different funds and have an endowment of £6.6 million thanks to the generosity of local people. Which in turn, means we have supported 3,649 projects worth a total of £10,705,795 to those groups across Devon helping to transform the lives of nearly 900,000 local people for the better. Our website shines a spotlight on the three things we do as a Foundation:

Funding… we invest in great ideas and unsung heroes, helping them to do what they do best: make a real difference to the lives of local people

Philanthropy… we are a catalyst for giving, inspiring local philanthropy that changes lives today, tomorrow and forever

Nurturing communities… we are the champion of local communities and all those who contribute to helping those communities thrive

We also bring our resources and experience to a wide variety of partnerships and strategic bodies in order to encourage a deeper understanding of the vital role of communities and the active volunteers within them.

We are supported in our mission by many partners and we are very grateful for their commitment and vision working alongside us to bring about real change in our local communities.

As always I must thank our trustees and volunteers who support our work by serving on our grant panels, giving their time to visit projects we’ve funded or helping us plan special events, as well as our dedicated and passionate trustees who continue to raise the Foundation to new heights. Without your help we would not be where we are today.

Thanks also goes to our local voluntary sector for the incredible amount of work that so often goes unnoticed and unrewarded. Giving more locally, is at the core of what this Foundation does, and we are proud to join forces with businesses, individuals, families and organisations who have also decided to make their communities more vibrant, more powerful, and more resilient.

Steve Hindley CBE DL