History and Who’s Who
South Yorkshire Community Foundation is a registered charitable trust which was established to inspire local giving by Businesses, Individuals, Trusts and Government.
The Foundation was launched in 1986 by the Princess Royal. At the time, the region's coalfields were undergoing closure and the local steel industry was in decline . The numbers of people in South Yorkshire who were facing hardship grew to nationally significant levels.
Many families and communities within South Yorkshire are still facing significant barriers, such as:
- Economic exclusion.
- Aspiration poverty
- Lack of opportunity for personal development.
- Lack of good role models in particular societies.
The Foundation exists to distribute funds to local voluntary and community groups across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield with two objectives in mind:
- To transform the lives of people facing hardship and other barriers by awarding grants to local groups across the region.
- To make communities across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield better places in which to live and work.
In June 2007, South Yorkshire was hit by the largest natural disaster the region had seen in living memory. Unprecedented levels of rainfall caused devastating flooding across the region, affecting 5395 homes and destroying communities. Within 24 hours, South Yorkshire Community Foundation launched an appeal for donations to help the victims to rebuild their lives. Over £1.6 million was raised for distribution locally, all of it from donations from the general public, Businesses and Trusts.
There are more than 60 Community Foundations across the UK, and we are affiliated to the Community Foundation Network, the UK national umbrella body for community foundations.
Who's who in the Foundation
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
David Moody, Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire.
Sir Hugh Neill KCVO CBE TD
Peter W Lee CBE
Jonathan Hunt OBE TD DL
R J Giles Bloomer OBE DL Bsc PhD MICE
Timothy M Greenacre
Jane Marshall FCA
Sue Scholey DL
Allan Sherriff MBE
Lady R Sykes
Ruth Willis, Chief Executive
Karen Alsop, Fund Manager
Maria Stuchbury, Donor Manager
Alison Wade, Finance Officer
Karen Walke, Community Liaison, Engagement & Support Officer
Sue Wragg, Fund Manager
Shannon Roberts, Communications Officer
The Foundation is also supported by a strong army of volunteers. These people give up their time to support the aims of the Foundation through fundraising, decision making and assessments for our grant-making panels and project work. Without their contributions, much of what we have achieved would simply not be possible.