A Year of Success for the Community Foundation : 2018 Impact Review Published
The 8th annual Community Awards coincided with the publication of an impact review looking at the Guernsey Community Foundation’s work over the last year.
In the 12 months leading up to the Awards, the Foundation’s Grants Programme paid out £570,000 to over a dozen charitable organisations. Having entered into formal arrangements with a number of charitable trusts, the Foundation now administers and advises on the distribution of over £1m a year.
In 2018 the Foundation has also helped create and fund two major new charities, Carers Guernsey and the Health Improvement Commission; and has established the Arts Strategy Working Group, which is soon to publish its report on the future of the Island’s arts sector.
Looking ahead, the Foundation is eager to build on its plans to revitalise the charitable sector by focusing on governance, partnership working, capacity, commissioning and leadership.
Speaking at the Awards, Gavin St Pier talked about the need for government and the third sector to work together. Afterwards, he said:
“In May, the Community Foundation set out a vision for the third sector. At the heart of it is building a truly effective partnership between the community and government. Establishing that partnership is an important and achievable objective – and I thank the Community Foundation for giving that work momentum and leadership.
“Government’s role is to support the development of the third sector, and to that end there are two important initiatives that we are actively progressing. The first is the development and establishment of the social investment commission. The second is the establishment of Guernsey’s first participatory budget. Both will ensure that more funding is distributed, with greater input from the wider community, and less red tape, and both will be up and running during 2019.”
Wayne Bulpitt, Chair of the Foundation, said:
“The Foundation has had a successful year, but the real work is about to begin. In the Spring I set out a vision for the third sector that, if successfully implemented, would see charities receive greater support – financial and otherwise – than ever before.
“The Community Awards showed that there’s much to celebrate. But for the sector to go from strength to strength it needs to work more closely with the States than ever before, whilst retaining its independence. A relationship built on trust, cooperation and clearly-defined objectives will benefit government, charities, and – most important of all – the thousands of people across the Bailiwick who benefit from the work of so many dedicated voluntary organisations.”