Community Foundation urges Clergy Trustees: “Unlock dormant funds”
Following a quick trawl through the Charities Commission database it is heartening to see that many Clergy in the St Albans Diocese hold Trusteeships. Trustees play a key role in supporting the charitable sector but unfortunately not all Trusts and Foundations are reaching their full potential.
With over 3,500 registered charities operating in Hertfordshire alone it is little wonder that over time some Trusts and Foundations become dormant, inactive or ineffective. They may have been in existence for many years but their original purpose is now outdated. Sometimes the purpose has been fulfilled or ceased to exist or the beneficiaries many no longer exist. Managing such funds can place undue pressure on Trustees or the fund may be too small to make a significant difference.
If this sounds familiar help is at hand. Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) is a local charity which specialises in distributing grants to small grass root organisations who work to tackle need and deprivation across the county. With 30 years of local knowledge and experience of grant-making HCF is uniquely placed to offer other Trusts and Foundations a tailor-made grant making service. To date HCF has distributed in excess of £13 million to over 2,500 groups and organisations helping support a wide range of issues including domestic abuse, child poverty, homelessness, mental health and community inclusion.
HCF regularly turns down strong applications for support as demand for grants simply outstrips fund availability. U nlocking dormant funds, on any scale, could potentially improve the lives of more people living in need and deprivation in our county.
If you are a Trustee or know of a Trust or Foundation which could benefit from some impartial advice please contact HCF.
How did #LiveLent 2018 help people on the journey to Easter?
This year’s Church of England Lent campaign, #LiveLent, was a six-week discipleship journey through the Gospel of John, exploring what it means to be a Christian witness from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day.
The campaign had an overall targeted reach of 3.54 million across the Church of England’s social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
More than 35,000 copies of the printed booklets sold.
More than 16,500 signed up to receive by text and email.
A #LiveLent Android and iOS app downloaded over 11,000 times.
Short explainer videos for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day to explain the significance of each – watched 164,045 times.
Good Friday and Easter Day video prayers – seen more than 300,000 times.
The new A Church Near You website played a key part in this year’s #LiveLent campaign. There was a 27% uplift in time spent on the site and 12% increase in page views in comparison to Lent 2017. The bounce rate (the number of people leaving the site after only visiting one page) dropped by 21%, which is a fantastic result.
Local church groups used the digital materials in a variety of ways, including WhatsApp study groups, and sharing the daily email reflections.
Some 78% per cent found the reflections very helpful or extremely helpful in bringing them closer to God and supporting their Christian faith.
One of the major innovations this year was to make the reflections available in different formats and lengths for print, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email and text messages. There’s been a positive response to splitting content up by platform.
Read more, including comments left online and which posts did best, at: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/comment-and-features/livelent-2018-let-your-light-shine