Important Message On Coronavirus

Foundation Scotland – We are open

Reassurance on supporting communities, charities and social enterprises following the impact of Coronavirus
Foundation Scotland appreciate that the Coronavirus situation will have a big impact on communities. We know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role - providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.
We want to reassure you that we will do what we can to support communities.

We are open as usual – our staff are now are working from home - we are working differently, working digitally. Staff work travel has been suspended so we will hold our meetings online.
All contacts including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please just continue to contact our staff through these means. Our IT systems enable us to work from home with no risk to data security and ensure there is limited disruption to services.

Please continue with grant applications – however please scan and email in any supporting documents. Our offices are closed for the time being, and we cannot receive mail – so please do not post any supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner an option is to download a scanner app onto your smart phone – this uses the camera function to scan the document and convert it into a PDF for e-mail.

We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees and investees
  3. Establishing payment holidays for social enterprises supported with loans
  4. Increasing cash flow support loans to social enterprises
  5. Planning to introduce rolling deadlines for some place-based Funds for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  6. Working with other funders to pool resources
  7. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  8. Establishing a Community Resilience and Recovery Fund
  9. Giving our staff paid time to work flexibly so that they can care for loved ones and also volunteer and support activity in their local community dealing with needs arising from the Coronavirus
  10. Asking you how we can best support your community

Please do get in touch, as normal, if you have questions.


Acknowledge & Close

Finance and Investment Committee

Stephen Connelly, Trustee

Stephen has held a number of senior positions in global financial services firm State Street Corporation’s Edinburgh office. Most recently Stephen was Chief Administrative Officer for its Global Services UK, Middle East and Africa division with particular responsibility for operational risk and regulatory governance and compliance.

Stephen has had a long interest and involvement in supporting business involvement in the community and from 2001 to 2009 was on the Management Board of Edinburgh’s Telford College.


Sharon Fairweather, BSc, ACA, CMIIA

Sharon read Genetics at Edinburgh University before training as a Chartered Accountant. After a short period in industry she moved in to the health service where she undertook a number of financial and managerial roles, including that of Director of Finance at West Lothian HealthCare NHS Trust.  In 2000 she took a career break and spent a year undertaking voluntary work overseas with Raleigh International.

On her return to Scotland she joined the Deloitte consultancy practice, and in 2009 was seconded in to the role of Director – Finance at Transport Scotland. She joined the Senior Civil Service in 2011 where she is currently the Director of Internal Audit and Assurance for the Scottish Government. 

In her spare time she has been involved in a number of charitable and third sector organisations. She was a Non-Executive director of Streetwork for a number of years and was previously a trustee of The Friends of Duddingston Primary School  and the Child Protection Officer for Portobello Rugby Club.


Angus Tulloch, Trustee

Angus Tulloch has worked in the financial sector for almost 40 years, based in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh. He founded the East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust (now the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust) in 2005, of which he remains as a Trustee. Retiring in 2017, he is now a non-executive director of ScotGems and a lay member of the Scottish Schools Inspectorate.


Jennifer Duvall

Jennifer is an ICAS-qualified Chartered Accountant. After completing her training in external audit with Deloitte, Jennifer moved to Lloyds Banking Group, where she have had roles in Subsidiary Statutory Accounts, Divisional Reporting and External Reporting, as well as serving on the Charities Committee. She has two young children who keep her very busy, but in her spare time she enjoys running and yoga.

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