COO of The Consortium, Mark Barnett, has been appointed as a Trustee of the
Wiltshire Community Foundation.
has been working with the charity for seven years as a fundholder and grants
Foundation provides funding and advice to grass roots charities and voluntary
groups to help them support the most disadvantaged people in their communities.
It also provides educational opportunities to young people through individual
2020/21 it awarded £2.1 Million to groups and individuals and has pledged to invest
£10 Million to help the communities of Wiltshire and Swindon thrive over the
next five years.
and his wife Melanie, who met while working at education products supplier The
Consortium, set up the Teal Barnett Family Trust with the Community Foundation
said, “The groups it has funded are often about supporting children with
educational needs or helping disadvantaged children get out of their particular
had already set up a family trust on our own but what we struggled with was
finding local good causes and particularly being able to support people with
small amounts that make a difference to their lives.
where the Community Foundation has had a strong part to play, in being able to
take away the difficulty in getting your money to the right place and being
confident that it will deliver the outcomes that you want.
Community Foundation achieves a remarkable amount. I think if it didn’t exist
there would be a huge hole left in charity fundraising in the county.”
says that helping the Community Foundation meet the challenge of supporting
Wiltshire and Swindon’s voluntary sector in the wake of the pandemic is
added, “There’s the need to support charities that haven’t had enough money and
make sure they survive. Obviously, there are also the people they support,
whose need is going to be far greater than in the past because of the
challenges that Covid has brought.”
Community Foundation Joint Chief Executive, Fiona Oliver, said, “We are
delighted to welcome Mark on to our board of trustees. He and Melanie have
already made a huge contribution to our work through the fund they have set up
with us and taking part in our grant panels.
we are going to benefit from Mark’s experience even more and that is very
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