MK Community Foundation celebrates 35th Birthday

Thu 8 Jul 2021 - posted by Anne Walsh

“We’re building a future for our next generation, to change their lives and to fulfil their potential”, says Ian Revell, CEO of MK Community Foundation in an inspiring video launched to mark 35 years of funding fairness in Milton Keynes.

Featuring Fundholders, Trustees, and Bursary winners from the past, present and future, the video celebrates the £15million worth of grants MK Community Foundation have given to organisations and people in need within the city, as well as over £18million in rent subsidies to help charities deliver their services.

Over the past year, the Community Foundation have distributed over £1million in grants to 124 different local charities and community groups through their Covid-19 Response Appeal. 98% of these charities said that without this vital funding they may not have been able to continue their services.*

On Wednesday 30th June an open air event saw MK Community Foundation extending gratitude to key supporters, from Fundholders and Corporate Donors to Trustees and Vice Presidents.

The evening was attended by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Mohammed Khan and High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, George Anson. The High Sheriff was among those to speak about working with MK Community Foundation and the importance of inspiring philanthropy in future generations.

The Brasserie at MK College catered for the event with an impressive Afternoon Tea, enjoyed by the audience alongside brilliant performances from Trumpet player Louis Grao, a previous recipient of MK Community Foundation’s Music Bursary Programme, followed by MK Cheerleading Academy performing some of their spectacular routines.

The Community Foundation’s 35th Birthday also sees the launch of their Next Generation Fund – aimed at helping disadvantaged young people access education and work opportunities.

Kurshida Mirza, Chair of Trustees at MK Community Foundation, said: “The work of Milton Keynes Community Foundation is something I am immensely proud to be involved in and feel it is an honour to be Chair of.  We remain committed to positive social change through the development of community philanthropy. Looking forward into the future, I hope that we can expand the help we deliver to even more people and organisations that need it, in order to continue to make Milton Keynes a fantastic and inspiring place to live, work and play!”

The Community Foundation would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved with the Foundation one way or another over the past 35 years and the invaluable help that people have provided through their generosity.

You can watch the video on MK Community Foundation’s YouTube channel at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxH4gAgGKi4

*According to MK Community Foundation’s Impact Report: https://bit.ly/3hEweyv