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Generosity can make a real difference INWALES; With Philanthropy Week in full swing, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation in Wales Liza Kellett talks about its schedule of events to explore and promote giving and how philanthropy can make a real different to communities in the country...

WALES has a strong history of philanthropy: from the philanthropic gift of art to the National Museum of Wales by the Davies sisters, to the mining institutes established through community philanthropy and more recently the private endowment of PS1m for the benefit of communities in West Wales.

The Community Foundation in Wales is the only organisation in the country dedicated to promoting and managing philanthropy.

We have a strong sense of responsibility, and an ambition to be at the heart of where philanthropy meets community in our nation.

With PS10m in endowment, last year we awarded PS2.2m in grants to more than 400 inspiring projects and people across Wales on behalf of our clients - philanthropists, businesses including Santander and Wales and West Utilities, and Trusts and Foundations such as Comic Relief.

Wales has so much potential for giving. When time, treasure and talent are taken into account philanthropy makes up more than 70% of the resources underpinning the work of 33,000 charities and voluntary groups in Wales.

On top of that, data suggests that more people are likely to give in Wales than the rest of the UK.

And there's never been more need. Around a third of children in Wales live in poverty, we have some of the highest rates of youth unemployment in the UK and health outcomes are often poorer when compared to other nations, with 37% of Welsh adults in their forties registered as obese.

You may ask yourself if philanthropy can really make a difference. The answer is yes.

Through our in-depth knowledge of needs and philanthropy management we help people to give their money away effectively, efficiently and to achieve the impact and difference they want to make.

Some choose to focus on a particular area of the country they feel an affinity to, others on particular needs or tackling specific issues.

Earlier this week we celebrated three philanthropists who have made a real difference to communities and projects in Wales, at our annual Foundation Philanthropy Awards.

West Wales-born Dr Dewi Davies received his award in recognition of the PS1m he endowed through our Fund for Wales - the world's only national community endowment fund.

For Dr Davies, his reasons for giving were personal.

He wanted to give back to the community where he grew up, hoping to address some of the challenges faced by young people, the elderly and disadvantaged people in a rurally isolated part of the country.

His gift is the largest single donation the Community Foundation in Wales has ever received and has established a long-term source of funding for a wide range of projects which will benefit the lives of people in North-West Carmarthenshire and South Ceredigion for many years to come.

The Foundation created Philanthropy Week to promote, explore and celebrate philanthropy in Wales.

Wales is the only country in the world to have its own national Philanthropy Week and we're proud to be able to use it to raise awareness of the benefits of philanthropic giving and to encourage more people to give their time, treasure or talent to worthy causes in Wales.

Throughout the week, our team will be travelling across Wales to run 11 philanthropy-themed activities including: an education bursary focus group at Aberystwyth University; a Venture Philanthropy Dragon's Den style giving circle; two games of "Philanthrop-oly" with professional advisors; and our annual Philanthropy Reception at Cardiff Castle.

Along the way we'll be joined by philanthropists making a difference in Wales through their giving, and those working on the ground to bring about positive change in their communities.

This week we will also launch a new report - 'A Portrait of Philanthropy in Wales' - which is the result of a unique research project to explore the philanthropy landscape in Wales.

As well as becoming a useful tool for philanthropists and the third sector alike, it also includes our broader reflections on nurturing philanthropy here in Wales.

Our mission is to strengthen and enrich local communities across Wales by inspiring and managing philanthropy. We are thrilled to be sharing so many positive philanthropy stories with people up and down the country this week, and look forward to working with many more of Wales' philanthropists to help them make a strategic, long term impact through their giving.

| For more information about |Philanthropy Week, services offered by Community Foundation in Wales or for a copy of 'A Portrait of Philanthropy in Wales', see or call Sian Stacey on 029 2037 9580.


Philanthropy Award winners Peter Neumark, Dr Dewi Davies and Tony Johnson with their awards on Monday night at Cardiff Castle
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Date:Nov 7, 2014
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