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Celebrating 20 Years of Giving

Thanks to generous people giving more locally we hold over 50 different funds and have an endowment of £6.6 million to support the people of Devon forever. To date, these generous donors have enabled us to award grants of more than £10.7 million to over 3,600 community projects. 

1994 How we began...
A feasibility study concluded that there was a need in Devon to ‘obtain new resources for the Voluntary Sector and…to give added value by enabling limited local resources to be used more effectively.’ And the name of this new resource should be Devon Community Foundation. We are forever grateful that The Amory Trust was the first to give the Foundation core funding support of £15,000 over three years.

1999 First recorded grant £300 to Horizons Plymouth
“Every year Horizons offers opportunities to hundreds of youngsters from all backgrounds and capabilities to get on the water and experience something which some people would never of thought to try.” Sam Hannaford speaking at Devon Community Foundation’s 20th Birthday celebration at Exeter Cathedral on 10th September 2016.

2008 Royal visit
Welcomed HRH, the Earl of Wessex to North Devon to show him some of the community groups and projects supported. The first, the Cow Green Eco Garden was given a grant of £5,335 to run a course helping long term unemployed people and those with learning disabilities and mental health problems, to learn new skills and build selfesteem through gardening.

2009-2010 Hard work pays off
After years of hard work, local giving took off and our endowment reached the £1m mark and from there the donations continued! In just a year we doubled our endowment from £823,000 to £1,800,000! Six years later and our endowment now stands at £6.6 million!

2013-2014 Reaching milestones
A busy couple of years, becoming BBC Radio Devon Charity of the Year in 2013 followed by Devon County Show Charity of the Year in 2014. We were awarded South West Impact Leader Award in 2014 and celebrated our first £1m fund!

2016 And that’s just the start…
We look forward to working with you all and seeing what the next 20 years will bring.

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Our logo over the last 20 years