Introduction by our CEO Kevin Richmond
CEO Kevin Richmond
An Inspiring Vision
I write this report just after hearing the sad news that our Founder, the 10th Duke of Richmond, has passed away. He was an extraordinary and wonderful man.
He worked tirelessly to make the world a better place and he inspired many people to do the same. Sussex Community Foundation is one of many charities which he helped to found and we owe him a great debt of gratitude. I am in no doubt that we would not have been successful without his ardent support. The Duke set out the vision for this charity when he spoke at our very first board meeting in January 2006: “We have a huge opportunity to make a significant contribution over time to the quality of life of the people of Sussex. In such a generally affluent area, it is, in my view, a scandal that there should be twelve deprived wards in Sussex standing in the bottom 20% of wards in the national social deprivation scale.”
The Duke was proud of the impact that the charity he founded has had on Sussex. Thanks to the generosity of Sussex donors, the charity had built an endowment of £13 million at the end of 2016-17 and had given out £11.5 million in grants.
2016-17 was our most successful year in terms of the value of grants awarded – just under £2 million – and in the number of new named funds set up – 15. We have strengthened both our fund development and grants teams and continue to work with our existing and new donors to develop their community philanthropy and maximise their charitable giving. We published the second edition of Sussex Uncovered – Bridging the Gap and continued to provide a variety of support for the community – small grants for small groups plus larger and strategic grants.
I feel very proud when our grant recipients tell me that Sussex Community Foundation is a friendly and approachable grant-maker and one which helps them to achieve their goals in their community. It is truly gratifying when we can help groups at all stages of their development to make the maximum possible difference to people’s lives in Sussex.
“We have always been impressed by – and grateful to – Sussex Community Foundation and have found your support since our inception to be invaluable to our growth and development. Without your investment, we could not have developed new services and/or would have found it a great deal harder to secure funding from organisations outside of Sussex who want to see local support before they invest. In short, the community foundation has been vital to our success.”
Reaching families, Worthing
So I agree with the Duke of Richmond. We do have a great opportunity to make a significant difference to people’s lives across Sussex. It is a privilege to work towards such an inspiring vision. I thank everyone – trustees, staff, ambassadors and volunteers – who have made this possible and look forward to working with you all to continue this vital work.
Promoting effective philanthropy Sussex in the City
Our third Sussex in the City event, with star speaker and top fund manager Anthony Bolton, took place in April. Anthony launched his own Boltini Fund with us in 2012.
Stephen Chamberlain joins Lauren Lloyd to complete our fund development staff.
Personal and family foundation philanthropy in the UK grew by nearly 20% in 2015/16
Giving Trends 2017, ACF
Sir Brian and Lady Barttelot hosted a reception for our guests at their beautiful Stopham Park home in May. The event was kindly sponsored by Heartwood and Handelsbanken.
World-renowned opera singer and long-term supporter Sir John Tomlinson CBE appeared in the Glyndebourne Festival programme as part of our tenth birthday celebrations in 2016.
“I love Sussex and the Foundation is a great way for me to give locally.”
Sir John Tomlinson
Addressing disadvantage and deprivation
Hastings & Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund
We often work with partners including local authorities and others in Sussex to help us all maximise our support for the voluntary sector groups supporting local people.
In 2015 and 2016, we worked in partnership with NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group, Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA) and Rother Voluntary Action (RVA) to deliver the Hastings and Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund.
In Rother district, almost 17% of people are aged over 75 – almost twice the England & Wales average.
Sussex Uncovered 2016
Our Fund Development team work closely with professional advisors, such as wealth managers, accountants and solicitors, across Sussex to offer our charitable giving services to their clients.
With only one in five firms of professional wealth advisers providing philanthropic advice to their clients, we are here to provide advice on charitable giving when it is needed.
Last July, we co-hosted a Philanthropic Giving and Social Investment seminar with solicitors Irwin Mitchell at Warnham Park, near Horsham. Guests learned about new rules enabling philanthropists to make the most of social investment opportunities, charity investments, key features of the lower IHT rate and aspects of Gift Aid, the gift of land and quoted investments.
Two-fifths of wealthy people in the UK are taking philanthropy advice.
Charities Aid Foundation and Scorpio Partnership, UK major donor segmentation study 2013
Promoting community integration
The 2016 High Sheriff of West Sussex (and now a trustee of Sussex Community Foundation) Mark Spofforth visited the Sierra Leone Sussex Association, a migrant support group based in Worthing whose objective is to promote community integration.
Building strong, resilient communities
East Hoathly and Halland Community Garden
At its heart, our work enables Sussex people and communities to become strong and resilient by their own hand and in their own ways.
The inspirational James Hamilton-Andrews and the East Hoathly and Halland Community Garden that he has helped to create is a great example. James set up the community garden in 2014 and the grant the group received from Sussex Community Foundation’s Brighton Rock fund in November 2016 for £1,740 was to develop a sensory garden.
With last year’s High Sheriff of East Sussex, Mr Michael Foster DL, we hosted a party for the East Sussex voluntary sector at Michelham Priory in September, as part of our tenth birthday celebrations. We’d like to thank again our speakers Jackie Wilkes from Lewes, Seaford and Newhaven CAB and Howard Wardle from Eastbourne Foodbank.
Nearby Hailsham Foodbank – only four miles away from Michelham Priory – gave out 980 three-day emergency food supply packages to people in crisis in 2016.
Our Grants team has great relationships with all the Sussex voluntary action organisations and regularly attend meetings of local CVSs and networks to ensure we have a broad understanding of sector issues and challenges. In October, we were invited to talk at the Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester funding fair at the University of Chichester in Bognor Regis.
Horsham & Mid Sussex Voluntary Action ran 11 courses/workshops primarily for voluntary and community group, using a £2,379 grant from our Marit and Hans Rausing Fund.
Sector Star 2016
We were delighted to win a Sector Star Award from B&H Community Works (that support the voluntary sector in Brighton & Hove) in the ‘Biggest impact in the city’ category. Judges wanted to award a small group and a larger organisation, proving that everyone can have an impact on their local area and in many different ways. Our co-winners were Hollingdean Lucky Dip.
There are huge inequalities across Sussex. In parts of Hastings, over 75% of children live in poverty, whereas in Lindfield in Mid Sussex less than 1% of children live in poverty.
Influence and learning
Sussex Uncovered 2
We work hard to understand more about the needs of Sussex to ensure our grant-making is having the best possible impact in the right places.
Our report, Sussex Uncovered 2: Bridging the Gap, released in November 2016, showed that child poverty is still shockingly high in Sussex, three years after our first report in 2013.
Real Junk Food project
Behind all the statistics about our grant-making are the real people whose lives are impacted so positively by the work we support. We regularly take our supporters – whether they are donors or others – to visit the projects we fund so they can get a better idea of the needs of real Sussex people that we support.
In November 2016, we accompanied Michael Foster, the then-High Sheriff of East Sussex, to visit The Real Junk Food Project at St Luke’s Church, Brighton. The Project prevents edible food from going to landfill by turning it into healthy, nutritious meals for the community through intercepting food from farms, food banks, restaurants, households, factories, and supermarkets.
The Gatwick Foundation Fund
Working collaboratively is central to our model of philanthropy. Responding to the needs of the community by using a wealth of goodwill and professionalism from both corporate and voluntary sectors means we can target our grant-making where it is most needed.
We partnered with Gatwick Airport and our sister community foundations in Kent and Surrey to launch the Gatwick Foundation Fund. The Fund gives annual grants of £300,000 across Sussex, Kent, and Surrey to support training and skills, helping families in need, providing opportunities for young people and reducing isolation for older people.
Promoting effective philanthropy
Arthur Green awards
We are indebted, as always, to our lovely supporter Arthur Green who once again gave out his annual awards from the Arthur and Doreen Green Fund at the Mayor’s Parlour in Brighton in December.
There are 89,000 carers in West Sussex. 70,000 of them are ‘hidden’.
Carer Support West Sussex
Influence and learning
Working together Crawley CVS funding fair
We work closely with community infrastructure teams – such as local CVS – across Sussex to ensure we have a broad understanding of sector issues and challenges. Funding fairs are great places to meet local groups to gain insights into local issues and challenges.
In January, we visited the Civic Hall in Crawley where Grants Officer Adrian Barrott presented at the Crawley CVS Meet the Funders event.
Our William Reed Fund, based in Crawley, has given grants worth a total of £282,500 since 2008.
Hannah Clay joins as our new Programmes Manager, followed soon after by our new Grants Administrator Tracy Williams. To complete our Grants team, in April we welcomed Tom Bell.
Influence and learning
Middle Monday Lunch
In 2016, our staff team decided to start up what we call our Middle Monday Lunch event. The idea is to invite in guests from charities, community groups, and others to an informal lunch to talk to us about their work and the issues they and their service-users face. Our first MML guest was Jo Martindale from the Hangleton and Knoll Project in Brighton.
The overall crime rate in Hangleton & Knoll is lower than the average across England.
Action in rural Sussex funding fair
Funding fairs are great places to provide information on the work of the Foundation and to meet local groups to gain insights into local issues and challenges. In March, we attended the Action in Rural Sussex funding fair in Wealden.
Building strong communities
Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund
We work closely with community networks across Sussex, especially voluntary action infrastructure groups.
Not only do we fund many councils for voluntary service but we have also worked closely with a number to deliver funds to supports community groups working to tackle specific needs. One such was the Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund which we managed in partnership with Brighton & Hove Community Works and other voluntary sector infrastructure groups. It supported and funded community-led health improvement projects in Brighton & Hove with an annual income below £35,000.
Unlock sustainable funding
Knowing that the funding charities and community groups desperately need is sustainable longer term funding, we partnered with the Blagrave Trust to establish a large grant programme to support up to five charities in Sussex working with children and young people (aged up to 25 years).
The Blagrave Trust programme has worked really well, and all grantees have stressed the great value of the ongoing and flexible nature of it.
Hannah Clay, Programmes Manager
Investing in Sussex
Grant making: it’s what we do
In the financial year 2016-17, Sussex Community Foundation gave out 662 grants to individuals, charities, community groups and other social enterprises totalling £1,984,750 – the most we have ever given.
grants given by local authority
The pie chart shows the percentage of grants that went to each local authority in Sussex.
- Brighton & Hove
- Mid Sussex
Grants given by issue
The pie chart shows the percentage of grants that went to each issue in Sussex.
- Arts, culture and heritage
- Community support and development
- Education, learning and training
- Health and wellbeing
- Poverty and disadvantage
- Social inclusion
Connection with communities
Trustees Building our network
Over the last year, we have continued to build our network across Sussex.
We have 14 trustees, chaired by Keith Hollis, recruited for the particular skills they can bring to the Foundation. In 2016-17, we welcomed Colin Field, Denise Patterson, Mark Spofforth, Patricia Woolgar, Nikki Glover and Rodney Buse onto the board.
Pictured: David Allam with incoming chair Keith Hollis.
We welcomed six new trustees
Ambassadors Our local contacts
In addition, we have a growing band of Ambassadors who are our eyes and eyes on the ground within their communities.
Meeting up regularly to feedback who and what they know about their local communities, they ensure we are up-to-date with issues and needs as they play out locally.
Pictured: Kathy Gore DL (centre) is an ex-trustee and Ambassador for the Foundation.
Friends Growing membership
Our Friends membership scheme also came of age, and 23 more people and companies came on board to support us in a smaller – but all-important – way, making donations of between £500 and £1,000 per year to enable us to pay our own bills and overheads.
Pictured: Steve Allen (with Tracey Allen) is an Ambassador and a Friend of the Foundation.
Staff Working for Sussex
Our staff numbers have increased to nine, all working to serve the donors and communities of Sussex.
We offer an excellent service for Sussex donors and a robust and fair grant-making service for charities and community groups, enabling both to work together to make Sussex a great place to live for everyone.
The late 10th Duke of Richmond and Gordon
Susan Pyper, Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex
Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex
Colin Field DL
Keith Hollis (Chairman)
Mark Spofforth OBE
David Allam DL
Andrew Blackman DL
Kathy Gore OBE DL
Neil Hart DL
Jonathan and Caroline Lucas
Caroline Nicholls DL
Denise Patterson DL
Graham Peters DL
Juliet Smith DL
David Tate OBE DL
Adrian Barrott Grants Officer
Tom Bell Grants Officer
Stephen Chamberlain Development Manager
Hannah Clay Programmes Manager
Miranda Kemp Communications and Marketing Manager
Lauren Lloyd Development Manager
Rex Mankelow Resources Manager
Kevin Richmond Chief Executive
Tracy Williams Grants Administrator
Kate Scales, Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester
Mireille Shimoda, Resource Centre, Brighton
Karl Parks, Crawley CVS
Jennifer Rowley, Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester
Catherine Mitchell, Brighton & Hove Community Works
Knill James LLP Registered auditors
Sarasin & Partners LLP Investment managers
CCLA Investment Management
Irwin Mitchell LLP Solicitors
We would be nothing without our fund holders, donors and supporters
The 10th Duke of Richmond and Gordon
It was with great sorrow that we heard of the death of His Grace the Duke of Richmond and Gordon in September, after a short illness.
Sussex Community Foundation was founded by the Duke in 2006 and he was our first chairman. Since 2006, the Foundation has raised over £25 million for Sussex people, charities and community groups across Sussex. This success is due to the vision of the Duke and his initial drive and determination to establish the Foundation. The people of Sussex have benefitted hugely from his vision, compassion and commitment.
The Duke of Richmond was an extraordinary and wonderful man. He had a strong faith and a commitment to use his position as Duke to make the world a better place and to help those less fortunate than himself. He will be sorely missed but leaves a great legacy to our wonderful county.
Named Funds active during the year
Aisbitt Family Fund
Albert Van den Bergh / Glover Fund
American Express Fund
Amy Hart Fund
Anjoli Stewart Fund
Arthur and Doreen Green Fund
Arthur and Rosemary Kay Fund
Blagrave Trust Fund
Brenda Ford Fund
Brighton & Hove Arts Fund
Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund
Brighton & Hove Legacy Fund
Brighton Rock Fund
Carpenter Box Fund
Comic Relief Community Cash
Comic Relief Large Grants Programme
Comic Relief Local Communities Fund
Comic Relief Local Communities Core Strength Fund
Cullum Family Trust Fund
Dame Elizabeth Nash Fund
David and Karen Allam Fund
East Brighton Trust Fund
East Sussex High Sheriff Fund
East Sussex Women of the Year Fund
East Sussex Stay Well this Winter Fund
Field Family Fund
Fleming Family Fund
Friends of the Elderly Fund
Gatwick Diamond Business Association Challenge Fund
Gatwick Foundation Fund
Glenn and Phyllida Earle Fund
Gurney Charitable Trust Fund
Hastings and Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund
Hastings Proactive Grant Project
Ian Askew Charitable Trust Fund
Isaac Ganas Fund
John Laing Charitable Foundation
Kim Addison Fund
Lawson Endowment for Sussex
Lewes and District Flood & Disaster Relief Fund
Leyden House Fund
Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin End-of-Life Care Fund
Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund
Margaret Greenhough Fund
Marit and Hans Rausing Fund
Martin Family Fund
Millicent Mather Fund
Nick and Gill Wills Fund
Noel Bennett Fund
Open Door Fund
Peel Family Fund
Pro Bono Fund
Rooney Foundation Fund
Sachs Trust Fund
Shoreham Air Show Fund
Southern Water Fund
Sport Relief Community Cash Fund
Surviving Winter Fund
West Sussex High Sheriff Fund
William Alexander Fund
William Reed Fund
Worthing and Adur Fund
Young People’s Fund
Youth Social Action Fund
DONORS & SUPPORTERS
Birthday House Trust
Bluecoat Wealth Management
Classic Collection Holidays
East Sussex County Council
Heartwood / Handelsbanken
Hastings & Rother Clinical Commissioning Group
Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust
Professional Working Solutions
Quilter Cheviot Investment Management
Sarasin and Partners LLP
West Sussex County Council
Whitebox UK of Lancing
Special thanks to
Sir Brian and Lady Barttelot
Anthony & Sarah Bolton
Maureen and Michael Chowen CBE DL
Michael Foster DL, High Sheriff of East Sussex
James and Clare Kirkman
David and Sarah Kowitz
Lord & Lady Lloyd of Berwick
Jonathan & Caroline Lucas
Mr Andrew Stewart-Roberts
Mark Spofforth DL, High Sheriff of West Sussex
Peter Thorogood MBE, St Mary’s Bramber
The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Pete West
Friends of Sussex Community Foundation
All the people, companies and groups who donated to the Shoreham Air Show Fund