May 2024 – the difference membership has made so far this year

May 2024 - the difference membership has made so far this year

Not many people know what a Community Foundation is so it’s brilliant that you know the difference we make by giving out grants to charities in Calderdale.

Last year we gave out £3.1 million to not-for-profit organisations (such as charities, Community Interest Groups, and volunteer groups). If you want to see the wide range of projects we funded, we are very transparent and you can view the list here.

Because of you, over £7,000 has gone out as grants to help local charities.

Since the beginning of the year members have donated £3,061.24 which when we have put the match funding in has meant that we will be able to give out £7,022.47 to local charities.

We fund such a wide variety of projects, that the chances are that you, your friends, family, work colleagues, neighbours, or have benefited from a grant from us.

We know that as a member, you don’t just want to hear about numbers

We know that you’re part of this lovely group of people coming together to part of a bigger movement making a difference to people in Calderdale not because of the statistics and numbers we can give you, but because of the stories and real difference you are helping to make to peoples’ lives.

Let me tell you a heart warming story

We know that you’re part of this lovely group of people coming together to part of a bigger movement making a difference to people in Calderdale not because of the statistics and numbers we can give you, but because of the stories and real difference you are helping to make to peoples’ lives.

I’d like to share a touching story with you about a family who had financial struggles and found themselves in the desperate situation where they couldn’t afford a pram for their baby. They needed a pram so Mum could push her baby whilst walking her other two children to school. Dad found a pram in a skip, and they started using that which was really helpful.

One day as the Mum was crossing the road on the way to school, the pram collapsed with the baby in it. Strangers rushed over and helped her to scoop her baby and children up off the road and out of danger. Understandably, the Mum was shaken up and upset as she just wants to look after her children.

Thanks to your support, we had used donations from membership to give a grant to Mothershare, who promptly provided the family with a safe and reliable pram. The relief and gratitude expressed by the family serve as a poignant reminder of the tangible difference your generosity makes in people’s lives.

Mum said, “I can’t tell you the difference it has made knowing that we can relax knowing that we have got a good quality pram that won’t break. Taking the children to school can be difficult enough, so it’s one less thing to worry about. Thank you for helping us keep our children safe on the journey to school.”

This is just one story out of hundreds. Thank you for making such a big difference and it’s thanks to compassionate individuals like you that together we’re able to make such a significant difference in our community. We are really grateful to have you as a valued member of our community.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

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