Guildford Philanthropy celebrates five years and £500,000 of fundraising

Guildford Philanthropy celebrated its fifth year recently with an event at Guildford Castle.

Set up by Guildford Borough Council, Guildford Philanthropy encourages local giving to tackle local need, and supports projects that deliver training opportunities, work experience, jobs and other benefits to local people who need help.

The aim is to build confidence and self-esteem by enabling access into a working environment and by encouraging the development of new skills, through social enterprise initiatives.

Peter Cluff, Chairman of Guildford Philanthropy, said: "In the five years since it began, Guildford Philanthropy has raised over £500,000 and made 46 grants to local organisations that have, in turn, benefitted over 3,800 members of our Community.

"The first grant was to help launch the Guildford Bike Project and the most recent was to the Matrix Trust, which supports local vulnerable young people, to raise funds for a social enterprise cafe.

A new initiative launched at the event - the Corporate Ambassador initiative - is seeking 25 local businesses to support and become part of Guildford Philanthropy.

15 new Ambassadors were unveiled at the anniversary event, with their donations of £2,500 being match-funded by the Council.

Cllr Caroline Reeves, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to support many to gain access to work and new skills and I would like to thank all those that have worked hard to help people in our community.

"Many give their time and expertise for free, meaning that the funds raised can all go to support local causes that provide opportunities for those that need it."

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Published on Friday 7 June.