Community Foundation for Surrey
The Community Foundation for Surrey is a movement connecting local philanthropists with charitable organisations that help change the lives of disadvantaged individuals.
The Community Foundation movement is based on the concept of “local help for local needs”, and highlights empowering and inspiring charities or groups to donors looking to support organisations in their area.
Jamma wholeheartedly supports the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS) in bringing local donors together with those who are providing solutions to challenges in local communities. Grants are directed towards tackling and solving identified needs, with the funding allowing promising ideas to transform into successful realities. CFS has awarded over £15 million across Surrey to promising community initiatives in the last fifteen years.
A personalised approach to local philanthropy.
The CFS funds hundreds of community groups every year, working in partnership with donors to fund a variety of themes. These themes include mental ill-health, training and employment, sports, the arts, youths, and the environment.
“We must work together to ensure we can continue to support our vulnerable residents” - Laura Thurlow, CEO
Jamma's support focuses on mental wellbeing projects in Surrey, as well as a Coronavirus Response Fund that has awarded £3 million in grants towards groups addressing problems such as loneliness, domestic abuse, food security, and vulnerable individuals and families in 2020.
Examples include ‘Friends of the Elderly’, where funding is helping isolated elderly people pay for their groceries safely with wireless card readers, and ‘South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Service’, who received funding to help support children with feelings of isolation and stress through online sessions.
Social exclusion has had a devastating effect on already vulnerable members of the community.
“Our vision is to build a strong movement of local philanthropists, connecting them with local charitable organisations to ensure that every individual in Surrey has hope.” – Community Foundation for Surrey
IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi)
Jamma is supporting Resource Africa to bring a voice to rural communities living alongside wildlife to tell the story of how the equilibrium of sustainable wildlife management and guardianship can be supported and maintained.