Anonymous donor gives £1.5m to community foundation

Heart of England Community Foundation has now received more than £7m from the unnamed person

Tina Costello with the donation cheque
Tina Costello with the donation cheque

A community foundation has received an anonymous donation of more than £1.5m.

The Heart of England Community Foundation, which awards money to local voluntary and community groups in the West Midlands, has previously been given a donation worth £4m by the same person.

In total, the individual has now given more than £7m to the grant-maker.

The foundation said the donor had been so impressed by how their previous donations had been spent that they decided to give a further £1,584,094.

The new donation is unrestricted, giving the foundation the freedom to determine where the funds will be distributed.

The original £4m donation has been used to set up the Building Better Lives initiative. This will support up to three projects across the West Midlands to deliver capital projects that ultimately help vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

Tina Costello, chief executive of the Heart of England Community Foundation, said: "This incredible amount of money will allow us to develop our own grant-giving programmes for the first time.

"The majority of our grant programmes are donor-led, which is great because it means our donors have a strong say and personal involvement in who benefits from their money.

"However, this wonderfully generous anonymous donor has given us the freedom to develop and implement our own grant programmes, based on evidence of need across our region."

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