The We Love Lichfield Fund is one of the 9 ‘community funds’ established by the Staffordshire Community Foundation. We aim to raise £500,000 to enable a minimum of £25,000 of grants to be given to Lichfield’s community and voluntary groups every year; the youth clubs, the elderly social groups, the amateur sports teams, the dance troupes, all the groups that do so much good for the district.
Every year hundreds of voluntary groups provide thousands of hours service to the Lichfield district. They help to keep the kids off the streets, they provide social contact and enjoyment for isolated members of society, they teach children new skills, they tackle disadvantage that statutory bodies can not.
All the money raised will be placed into a ‘Permanent Endowment Fund’. The money will be invested according to Charity Commission guidelines and the interest and dividends will be used to provide grants to the city’s voluntary and community groups. Using 5% as a guideline it means that each year, and every year, we will be able to give away grants to the district totalling £25,000 and because of the way the fund is invested, this amount should increase year on year – forever.
Companies and individuals are welcome to donate or fund-raise for the fund, and every year we plan many fundraising events, all of which seek to involve the wider community – so its not just about raising money to benefit the district, its about bringing people together to have a bit of fun whilst we’re doing it.
The Origin of the Fund
In March of 2010, Lichfield District Council became the first organisation to donate to the We Love Lichfield Fund, transferring 4 dormant charities to the fund, with a total value of just under £25,000. The Staffordshire Community Foundation added match funding to this donation, taking the opening value to £49,000. Since then there have been many other donations, from individuals who care about making a difference across the district, to events held on our behalf to raise funds, being adopted as the charity of the year by business and through corporate donations to help businesses achieve their Corporate Social Responsibility aims.
The 4 original charities transferred from Lichfield District Council were;
- JS Brown Charity
- Old Bath Request
- Sir Thomas Hewitt Bequest
- Lichfield Provident Bequest
The Staffordshire Community Foundation is an expert grant maker that specialises in high impact local giving. However, it is important to maintain a local influence, and so a panel of ‘Donor Advisors’ has been established to ensure that any decisions about the fund are made with a local input and influence. They help to raise funds and make decisions on who should benefit from the grants.
Currently the donor advisors for the We Love Lichfield Fund are;
Simon Price - Chief Executive of Arthur Price Ltd., a trustee of the Staffordshire Community Foundation and a former Sheriff of Lichfield
Julian Fisher - Director of Townhouse Communications
Helen Spearey – Strategic Director of Lichfield District Council
Helen Fisher – District councillor
Ken Humphreys – District councillor and current deputy chairman of Lichfield District Council
Andy Kerr - Reporter for the Lichfield Mercury
Christopher Spruce – District councillor and former mayor of Lichfield
Terry Turner – owner of TT Autos
Nicky Burns – Chief Officer of Support Staffordshire (Lichfield)
Adrian Viles – Director of BDS Learning
How To Support the We Love Lichfield Fund
Support for the fund usually comes in one of three ways; organising events, making the fund the ‘Charity of Choice’, making a donation or leaving a legacy.
Organising Events & Charity of Choice
Many people and businesses plan to make the fund the beneficiary of an event, and this is a really good way of getting involved. Not only can you run your own event, but you can benefit from the publicity and awareness that we can bring. We can meet with you beforehand and answer any questions you may have. What’s more, you can tell all of your participants that all the money raised will be going to make a difference locally.
Making A Donation
You can donate by cheque, by text or online using a credit or debit card or Paypal.
To donate by cheque
Please make all cheques payable to ‘Staffordshire Community Foundation’ and write ‘We Love Lichfield’ on the back and then send to;
Staffordshire Community Foundation, c/o Staffordshire University, Blackheath Lane, Stafford, ST18 0AD
To donate by text
Simply text Lich14 plus your donation amount to 70070, so for a £5 donation you would text Lich14 £5
There is no network charge for sending the text, but the donation will be added to your phone bill, so please get permission from the bill payer first.
To donate online
To leave a legacy
More and more people are now choosing to leave a legacy to a charity of their choice. For more information on leaving a legacy to the We love Lichfield Fund please see the dedicated section on legacies here, or call us on 01785 353789.
Applying for a Grant
To find out more information about applying for a grant through the We Love Lichfield Fund please click here.