National charity response
We are already seeing numerous larger and national charities responding.
Art galleries, libraries and museums are setting up warm banks. Charities offering advice services are providing additional support - Citizens Advice Bureau and Turn2Us are setting up cost of living crisis support resources.
Charities focused on specific needs are providing increased resources to those they support. For instance, Macmillan Cancer Support has set up dedicated webpages providing details of support available for people with cancer. It has also added GBP3.5 million to Macmillan Grants.
Many philanthropists and businesses want to support the charities and communities on their doorsteps.
Further support can be provided to local charities and support groups with which they have an existing relationship, in order to fund their additional activities.
The 47 Community Foundations3 across the UK are another route for getting philanthropic support to frontline and grass-roots charities and communities.
Case Study – the London Community Foundation (LCF)
LCF has launched the Together for London Appeal to raise funds to be able to provide emergency grants to community organisations and charities to help them meet the needs of their communities and cover their own costs. Grants will be prioritised to focus on communities likely to be most impacted by the crisis, for example, older people; disabled people; women and families with children on low or no incomes, and some ethnic groups.
Grants will enable the provision of emergency support services and items but also help the community and organisations with their own costs.
As an example, a grant of GBP5,000 could enable a local community charity to provide free meals and toiletries to over 750 people, whilst providing the charity with the means to provide the additional support.
For people and businesses that are keen to help, the philanthropic and charitable worlds are mobilising fast and financial support can make an immediate difference to the most vulnerable in our communities.
For more information or access to our Philanthropy Advisory Service, please contact your Relationship Manager.