Grant makers Kent Community Foundation has appointed three new trustees to guide their work assisting philanthropic individuals, families and businesses improve the lives of local people and communities across Kent.
The Kent Community Foundation Trustee board, which is chaired by Robert Sackville-West, DL, has been strengthened with the appointment of three trustees, Cheryl Chan, Trevor Minter OBE DL and Gearóid Maguire.
From Rochester, Chartered Accountant Cheryl Chan, is Head of Finance at Barts, a charity which funds research and healthcare for the 2.5 million people of East London and beyond. Cheryl has valuable insight and experience of the operations and challenges of a grant making organisation which will be inestimable for her role as a Kent Community Foundation Trustee.
From Canterbury, Vice Lord Lieutenant Trevor Minter OBE, joins the Kent Community Foundation board after stepping down as Chief Executive of the Sir Roger De Haan Charitable Trust. Trevor has nineteen years’ experience in charitable governance and grant making and is well connected throughout the Kent charitable sector. He is well known to Kent Community Foundation and his involvement will be a great asset.
Living in Tonbridge for the past five years, Gearóid Maguire is originally from Ireland and is a big believer in the value of a supportive community spirit. He has spent the last seven years working in philanthropy, at the Wellcome Trust and is currently Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practice Manager. Gearóid’s knowledge of the entire grant lifecycle, from designing and funding schemes, through to post award evaluation will enhance the expertise on the board.
Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation said, “We are delighted that Cheryl, Trevor and Gearóid have agreed to join the Kent Community Foundation Board. Each bring a wealth of experience from the voluntary sector and we look forward to the great value they will undoubtedly add to our Board of Trustees. In the last financial year, we distributed more than £4.5m in over 880 grants to over 700 charitable organisations and individuals and increased the number of organisations we supported by 30% year-on-year. Despite this, we recognise that there are significant and sustained financial pressures on voluntary organisations, especially smaller groups who already operate on a low income. The new trustees will support our mission and vision to help facilitate a robust and resilient sector which improves the lives of local people within strong communities, thanks to the generosity of those who want to give.”
Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for over twenty one years. In this time, it has distributed almost £60 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.
To find out more about experienced grant makers Kent Community Foundation visit www.kentcf.org.uk
About Kent Community Foundation
Grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for over twenty one years. In this time, it has distributed almost £60 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.
They are part of a UK wide accredited network of forty-seven Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.
Responsible for more than ninety philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.