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.

 

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Record numbers take the Challenge of their Life

14 June 2013

Over 1000 people will  participate in the UK’s premier outdoor charity event – the Caledonian Challenge with people travelling from as far afield as Canada and the USA to take part.

The Caledonian Challenge sees participants endure a 54 mile walk in 24 hours, passing through some of Scotland’s most beautiful and picturesque landscapes, starting at Gairlochy, and finishing in Strathfillan. During the challenge, participants have views of the UK’s largest mountain, Ben Nevis, as well walking along the famous West Highland Way.

In addition to the main event, those not up to walking the 54 miles took part in the sister challenge, the Caledonian Hike. A 24 mile highland trek, helping to encourage even greater numbers to participate.

Since the first Challenge in 1996 the event has raised over £12m for Foundation Scotland, which has been distributed to charities and community groups across Scotland. Lead sponsor Baillie Gifford has guaranteed support for a further two years ensuring that all monies raised will go to deserving causes.

Giles Ruck, Chief Executive Foundation Scotland said “The event is a landmark in the charity fundraising calendar. The walk is a real test of endurance and fitness that requires months of training and team work – but leaves participants with a huge sense of achievement. The Challenge has been responsible for improving people’s lives up and down the country since the very first event back in 1996. Participant numbers have eclipsed those of last year’s event putting fundraising expectations at an all time high.

The more funds raised by the Caledonian Challenge, the more people Foundation Scotland can help.”

Many teams head home to sign up again for next year so if you want to be part of Scotland’s premier outdoor challenge and make a difference to people the length and breadth of Scotland in 2014 you can register your interest at www.caledonianchallenge.com

Note to Editors:
The Caledonian Challenge was founded by two Scots, Angus MacDonald and Alex Blyth, in 1996. Inspired by a walking event in Hong Kong, they wanted to bring a similar challenge to Scotland's rugged and beautiful West Highland region. Since its inception, the Caledonian Challenge has grown from just 17 walkers raising £16,000 to become Scotland's top charity endurance event.

Since 1997, the Caledonian Challenge has raised a total of more than £12m for Foundation Scotland, helping fund projects that range from youth theatres to elderly support groups, drugs advice services to healthy eating initiatives

Foundation Scotland (formerly the Scottish Community Foundation) has been connecting philanthropists with exceptional charities, enterprises and community opportunities since 1996.

Foundation Scotland brings a fresh approach to philanthropy and makes the act of giving effective and rewarding. It reaches all corners of Scotland through grassroots grant making and creates high impact in specific areas through major donations, investments and capital initiatives. For more information visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk

For further information please contact Jan Torrance, Head of Communications or Jacqui Morris Communications Executive on 0141 341 4960.

 

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