Can you tell us a little about your background and what a Philanthropy Manager does?  

I have worked in the UK voluntary sector for over 20 years in a variety of roles. I started my career at The Prince’s Trust working on grants programmes and leading the organisation’s operational strategy; I have consulted for charities on their organisational strategies, and I am also a trustee for two small charities. I love the vibrancy and passion of the sector and am delighted to be part of the HIWCF team.

Being a Philanthropy Manager involves working closely with individuals, families, charitable trusts and businesses. I listen to their giving priorities and what is important to them, and support donors to help causes and places in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight that they are passionate about.

What do you value about working with Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Community Foundation?

Through my various roles in the voluntary sector, I have become a huge believer in Community Foundations and their role in supporting and understanding local need.

HIWCF aims to tackle some of the most entrenched social issues affecting communities today and equip grassroots organisations with the funding they need to provide life changing support.

There are thousands of small charities and not for profit community organisations working across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight addressing these important issues, and grant funding is crucial to their survival. 

What do you think fundholders value about their relationship with HIWCF?

Philanthropists and companies work with HIWCF through tailored funding programmes and endowment donations. The grants HIWCF gives out with these funds enable community groups to provide vital support to vulnerable people coping with the ongoing cost of living challenges.

It can feel important to donors that their funds are not only used to support issues that are close to their heart, but also to reach communities who are most in need. Our expert knowledge of local need means that donations really can make a tangible difference to people’s lives because they are carefully placed where they can make the biggest impact.

What do you feel will be important in 2024 when it comes to giving in the charity and voluntary sector?

This year, we have seen the cost of living crisis not only affecting individuals, but also the organisations who are working so hard to support them. Funds from donors are supporting grassroots organisations to grow their resilience in this tough economic climate. The increasing pressure on day-to-day operations means that local funding is becoming more important to create long-term sustainability. This is absolutely vital for vulnerable communities to continue accessing much needed support in 2024.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I have three young children, so family life is busy and I spend my weekends having fun with them, taking them to all sorts of sports matches or walking our dog in the Hampshire countryside.

Lucy works closely with HIWCF CEO, Jacqui Scott, Grants Manager, Joanne Davies and Grants Administrator, Catherine Gardner.

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