North Devon farmers launch fund tackling deprivation
Two North Devon Farmers, John and Susanne Tucker, have created a charitable fund with Devon Community Foundation to help support their neighbourhood now, and in the future.
Thanks to the income generated by wind turbines on their land, the couple have committed £8,000 per year to the Babeleigh Barton Community Benefit Fund until 2036. In total, a staggering £160,000 will be channelled into Parkham Parish, Devon to support community groups which tackle deprivation and make a positive impact on the lives of local disadvantaged people.
The amount surpasses the suggested donation for a community benefit fund – but to the pair born and bred in parish, there was never any question that they would help make a difference. Having already paid for a defibrillator for the village hall, the couple needed a charity they could rely on to guide their giving in the way they wanted.
Giving back to “the community we know and love”
Susanne said: “We feel it’s only right that these funds go back into the community we know and love. As soon as we were told about this unique way of giving locally, through a charity dedicated to transforming lives across Devon, we knew the money would be put to good use.”
As a trusted philanthropy adviser, the Foundation offers a bespoke service advising on how to maximise the impact of charitable giving, and investing donations to boost return. Working with John and Susanne, the Foundation formulated a plan that met their wishes, community needs, and above all, ensures that everything stays local.
Making a difference
Martha Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Devon Community Foundation says “All our donors know that we have the local knowledge and experience to connect them to issues that really matters to them, helping their giving to support the groups that really do make a difference locally.
We research and advise on needs and issues, conduct due diligence, report on impact and outcomes, and involve donors as much or as little as they like. Better still it’s much, much easier than having a charitable trust but with all the same benefits. In fact, the Charity Commission acknowledges that Community Foundations have a reputation for the effective management of charitable funds in order to maximise their impact at local level. So working with us is a no brainer for donors wanting to give more locally.”
Anyone keen to make a difference by supporting their local community can find out more by talking to Martha on 01884 235887 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community projects in Parkham in need of a cash boost should complete a Stage One Application to find out whether they are eligible for funding. For more information and to complete a Stage 1 Application.