The Foundation is developing a ‘Friends’ Program, designed as a wide support package for smaller local charities. We note the enormous value in society by community-based volunteer-staffed charities, some of whom we have supported, but at the same time we recognise the specific operational challenges they face.
‘Friends’ will offer for free support infrastructure to small charitable causes across the nation including help with handling red tape and regulations, putting in place local fundraising and reporting to donors, and creating online presence with our specially-designed web platform.
We will support ‘Friends’ partners, hopefully in their hundreds, doing good on the ground with modest grants and where appropriate soft loans for specific projects. Through this Program we will maximise the real impact of our giving by accessing directly the coalface in volume.
An example of a deserving ‘Friends’ partner is www.refocusproject.org.uk