New Partnership To Grow Charitable Giving

Two Northern Ireland organisations dedicated to promoting charitable giving have launched a new partnership to boost philanthropy over the next three years.

Belfast Charitable Society and Giving Northern Ireland - organisations dedicated to promoting charitable giving - have launched a new collaboration to boost philanthropy over the next three years. Pictured with the Society’s minute book dating back to 1752 are Belfast Charitable Society Chairman David Watters and Giving Northern Ireland Chairman Gary Mills.

Belfast Charitable Society and Giving Northern Ireland have launched a new collaboration to boost philanthropy over the next three years. Pictured with the Society’s minute book dating back to 1752 are Belfast Charitable Society Chairman David Watters and Giving Northern Ireland Chairman Gary Mills.

Giving Northern Ireland and Belfast Charitable Society will be working collaboratively on a series of events and projects looking at ways to increase awareness of giving for both businesses and individuals.

Belfast Charitable Society is the oldest philanthropic organisation in Northern Ireland while Giving NI is the youngest, started just three years ago. The new partnership brings together a shared skillset with the aim of driving strategic giving forward.

Paula Reynolds, CEO of Belfast Charitable Society said: “The Society is delighted to work closely with Giving NI to help encourage and promote philanthropy in today’s world. We have benefited hugely from others’ generosity since 1752, and in turn this has allowed us to help many others; from running the Poor House and Outdoor relief schemes to tackling disadvantage today.”

The partnership programme will include practical seminars and informative events about strategic giving.

Due to austerity measures, in recent years there has been a major shift in the availability of government funding for charities; in the years to come this may be compounded by the effects of Brexit, with uncertainty currently on what this will mean to the voluntary and community sector.

Sandara Kelso-Robb, Strategic Advisor for Giving NI said: “We live in changing times and so it’s increasingly important for charities to look for support from individuals and corporates and not to rely on public funding from government or the EU. This project between Giving NI and the Belfast Charitable Society will allow us to really focus on private giving.”

 

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