Foundation Appoints Senior Philanthropy Adviser

Experienced Grant Maker Kent Community Foundation has appointed a Senior Philanthropy Adviser.

Rachel Vinton, an experienced client relationship and business development manager with extensive experience in developing strategic, high value client partnerships has joined Kent Community Foundation from BlackRock Investment Management. Rachel worked at BlackRock for 14 years in several roles across the fixed income investment business and client business teams.

As Senior Philanthropy Adviser, Rachel will lead on the development of relationships with professional advisers across Kent and London, who are working with ultra-high net worth clients who can make a difference, by either giving while they’re living, or leaving a percentage of assets to charities in their will. Specifically, Rachel has been appointed to raise the profile of Kent Community Foundation with professional advisers and increase the number of philanthropic referrals they receive.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation said, “We have appointed Rachel as a Senior Philanthropy Adviser to develop the work we have been doing over the last six years to increase the amount of funding we are able to award to grassroots organisations across the county. We currently manage over 90 philanthropic funds and in the last financial year donated over £4.5 million to good causes and with Rachel’s valuable experience we hope to be able to increase our fund holder portfolio, which in turn will allow us to award more financial support to hundreds of small charitable groups across Kent and Medway.”

Rachel Vinton, Senior Philanthropy Adviser, Kent Community Foundation said, “I am delighted to join the Kent Community Foundation team and have already seen their total commitment to supporting small charitable organisations which are doing such so much for communities across the county. I will be providing specialist local philanthropy knowledge and support to professional advisers and their clients so that Kent Community Foundation can assist them to open funds, from which much needed grants will be awarded to the good causes that are making a real difference.”

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About Rachel Vinton

Outside work Rachel is on the Parochial Church Council for Trinity Church Sissinghurst and also helps to lead the children’s ministry. She attended Woldingham School in Surrey and is a committee member of the Woldingham Sacred Heart Association alumni network and participates in career development events for existing students. Having spent most of her childhood growing up across the Middle East and East Africa and has done lots of overseas voluntary work.


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 £55 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.