Small Charity Week 14 – 19 June 2021
Small Charity Week gives everyone the opportunity to thank the small charities who make a real difference to communities across the UK.
Over the last twenty years Kent Community Foundation has awarded over £44 million in just over 9000 grants to organisations, families and individuals across Kent and Medway. As part of the Foundation’s commitment to the charitable sector, they regularly survey small local charities to formulate a clearer picture of the assistance that is required and the major concerns to achieving charitable goals, to ensure their grant making strategy is aligned.
The good news for small charities across the county, is that the May 2021 Kent Community Foundation survey revealed that every charity that participated was confident that they would still be operating in a years’ time compared with only 70% of those surveyed last November. This confidence was despite demand for their services continuing to see an increase. The positive response to the pandemic from small charities means that 40% are collaborating and three quarters have moved part or all their services online to ensure crucial services were not interrupted.
Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “Over the last twenty years Kent Community Foundation has awarded over £44 million to small organisations and we want to thank every community group and charity for all they do to make a difference to people’s lives across the county. Last year, was unlike any other and my team responded to thousands of applications and awarded an unprecedented £5m in financial support to help these essential organisations. Small Charity Week gives us the opportunity to say thank you to these amazing organisations and to perhaps take the time to consider donating or volunteering.”