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New post promises development for Somerset Community Foundation

Jan 28, 2019

Laura Blake has joined Somerset Community Foundation in a brand new post as Development Director, with the aim of spearheading the growth of local giving in Somerset.

Laura’s role sees her working closely with families, businesses and organisations, helping them make inspiring and impactful gifts to causes they are passionate about in the county. Laura brings a wealth of experience in Development; she previously worked as Head of Philanthropy at the national education charity, Teach First.

Laura says: “I’m really excited to be working at Somerset Community Foundation. We’ve recently launched The Somerset Fund, which offers a simpler and more effective way for local businesses to give to charitable causes in Somerset.

“Donating through The Somerset Fund helps to free up precious time by giving businesses the choice of either supporting good causes across the county or focusing their giving in one of the five Somerset districts. We’ll find great causes that need funding, assess applications and report back on the difference your donations have made. You’ll also have the opportunity to come together with other supporters and hear from projects you’ve supported. And, thanks to match funding, donations to the fund could be increased by 80% or more.

“We are delighted to now be in a position to start distributing the Somerset businesses’ donations and would encourage grassroots charities to apply for funding before the deadline of Friday 22 February.”

Laura started her career working for the University of Bristol’s Development and Alumni Relations team, before moving to London to join Barnardo’s and The Prince’s Trust. Laura is also a trustee of Pathways to Independence, a Kent-based charity that supports homeless people and ex-offenders.

Laura has also been visiting some of the groups and organisations SCF have recently funded, during her first few weeks at the Foundation, and has written a blog based on her findings - you can read that here.

If you run a business and would like to find out more about how you could increase the impact of your giving in Somerset, click here, call Laura Blake on the number below, or e-mail: laura.blake@somersetcf.org.uk


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