Fund sets out to find new ways of boosting worthy Notts causes
A CHARITY has been launched which it is hoped will get more businesses donating to worthy causes in Notts.
The Opportunities Fund will work to hook up businesses in the county which want to make a difference with charities which need financial help.
Kathryn Markham, executive director of the fund, said: "The financial landscape has changed, and the way charities have to find their money also has to change.
"There are lots of small and medium businesses who want to get into social responsibility but aren't at the moment.
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"We want to increase the amount of money put into the charity sector in Notts.
"We are aiming to raise significant amounts of money – we are here for the long-term.
"By working in partnership we add to existing local charity fundraising and increase resources for the charity sector.
"We also work collectively and distribute these new resources across a range of charities which help young people, families, the homeless, and so on."
The charity has been founded by Benoit Ivernel, and was launched yesterday in the Cecil Roberts room of Central Library, Angel Row.
It won't have a central office base, in order to keep costs down, but will have six staff and operate throughout Notts.
The charity is replacing the traditional processes for grant giving.
Charities will no longer be required to send unsolicited grant application forms.
Instead the Opportunities Fund will visit and learn about the work they do and then invite them to submit their proposals for project funding.
It is already in talks with around ten charities.
As part of a pre-launch scheme, the charity has already been running projects in the Bestwood area of Nottingham.
In a scheme with Notts Police and Bestwood Partnership it has sent around nine youngsters away on a residential course, on the condition they attend school and do not get into trouble with the police.
It has also sent youngsters on a fishing trip in the Humber estuary and run six 'family days' where absent parents are reunited with their children.
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