The incredible success of the scheme could not have been achieved without the generosity of The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation. Their match funding offer has encouraged new philanthropists to come forward and has enabled individuals and businesses alike to maximise both the financial and social impact of their donations.
Ken and Janet Cooke were some of the first to take part in the match challenge opportunity.
They said: “Our company, CTW (Hardfacing) Ltd has operated in the heart of Sheffield’s steel and engineering industries since 1972. Sheffield is also close to our hearts and after attending a 30th Anniversary Dinner for the Foundation, we felt the time was right to give back to our city.
“Establishing our Fund at the Foundation enables our giving to be targeted to the areas that matter the most to us, projects inspiring and supporting children and young people to improve their education, employment opportunities and health and wellbeing.
“The match funding from the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation was very inspiring, as it maximises the impact of our donation to the causes, which we want to support.”
Liz and Terry Bramall said: “When Giles Bloomer (Former SYCF Chair) approached us with the idea of the Philanthropy Catalyst Match Challenge we were excited by its prospects and we have not been disappointed. During the past 2 years we have been delighted to work with the team at SYCF and have been impressed by their professionalism, rigour and ability to reach all sections of the community.
“We are thrilled that the challenge has been taken up by fellow philanthropists.”
SYCF is a well established charity and an important resource for community groups and charities in need of grant support to keep up their good work. Since we were founded over 31 years ago, we have distributed over £27 million in grant awards and are a trusted partner for all types of donors, who work through us to help local people.
James Newman, Chairman of SYCF said: “We are so happy with the success of the Philanthropy Catalyst Match Challenge. With £1m raised to be invested back into South Yorkshire for the benefit of local people, we consider it a job well done.
“We will not stop here though. We have worked incredibly hard to make this match challenge a success and we want to build on this momentum. As a charity, our purpose is to enable effective giving for individuals and companies to local communities and to ensure it goes to where it is most needed and where it will have the most impact. Match funding is just one way we work with donors to achieve our goals.”
To find out more or to get involved, please get in touch with our Philanthropy Manager, Maria.