Members of the Norfolk Future Fund have been nominated for a national award which highlights pioneering approaches to charitable giving.
The Norfolk Future Fund aims to bring a younger generation of donors closer to their communities to encourage charitable giving and to support local charities.
Its work has been nominated for the Trailblazer Award at the Beacon Awards which includes the likes of Dame Vivienne Westwood, British triathletes, the Brownlee brothers and former England rugby captain, Lawrence Dallaglio OBE amongst those shortlisted in a range of categories. The awards recognise exceptional philanthropists and the work they are doing to inspire others and create opportunities for ideas and information to be exchanged.
Each member of the Norfolk Future Fund contributes just £25 per month and this makes a bigger impact collectively than they might be able to do individually. Since it was set up the Fund has raised around £80,000 which has enabled 18 local community projects to happen.
An annual ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event hosted by the Foundation invites charities and community groups to pitch for funding for their projects and this direct contact with charities allows members and their guests to decide where they wish the money to be allocated to. Last year, four charities left with £24,000 between them; Sunbeams Play, which provides a fun, safe and caring environment for children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Fresh Start – New Beginnings, a therapeutic service for children and young people up to 18 years old who have reported being sexually abused; Cruse Bereavement Care, which provides compassionate support when someone has died; and Black Dog Music Project, music sessions for people with ill mental health, learning difficulties or other health issues.
Ben Handford, MD of Naked Marketing and a founder corporate member said, “We are really proud to be counted as one of the founder members of this innovative fund and to be a part of the creative events that allow you to see the charities that are benefiting from this.”
Nominees were invited to a special celebratory reception on 22 March which was attended by founder members Ben Handford, Will Mellor and Anna Douglas from the Foundation. The winners of each category will attend an awards dinner at Mansion House in May.
Director of marketing and development at the Foundation, Anna Douglas said “We are delighted to have made it through the first round of judging and honoured to be amongst the likes of recognised philanthropists and household names like Lily Cole and Martin Lewis OBE. The last winner of the Trailblazer Award was Ben Drew, aka Plan B so it’s a hard act to follow but we believe our innovative approach to giving can inspire future generations to get involved with their local community.”
If you would like to know more about how you can join and get involved with the Norfolk Future Fund, contact Anna Douglas or Graham Tuttle on 01603 623958.