Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation
The formation of the Community Foundation for Bedfordshire and Luton was the idea of Geoffrey Farr MBE DL, Sir Samuel Whitbread KCVO (the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire at that time) and Bishop John Richardson of Bedford following receptions for volunteers held by Geoffrey Farr whilst High Sheriff in 1998-99. The three realised the importance of the voluntary sector and heard how such groups were increasingly under pressure as funds from the public sector dried up. They continued to meet during 1999 and 2000 to discuss the aims and objectives of a Foundation and to develop a board of Trustees and Officers that might wish to support this work.
During 2000 and 2001, the Trustees made several successful bids for funds to develop an endowment fund and to gain funds for core costs. This enabled the appointment of Mark West as a part time Director of Administration from November 2002 to develop the Foundation further and to establish a base for award making throughout the county. In November 2005 it was recognised that to move the Foundation on, it was necessary to expand and the Director was appointed to the post of full time Chief Executive.
Award making has increased over the years with continued income from the endowment fund, plus through-funding contracts from local businesses and individuals, national charities and local and national Government, all of whom recognise our local knowledge and award making ability.
It is the vision of the Foundation to be a catalyst for community development for the area of Bedfordshire and Luton and, to achieve this, we seek to connect with more potential donors all the time.
· The key purpose of the Charity is to improve the lives of people living in the geographic county of Bedfordshire.
· The promotion of any charitable purpose for the benefit of the community in the geographic County of Bedfordshire and in particular the advancement of education, the protection of good health, both mental and physical, and the relief of poverty and sickness.
· Other exclusively charitable purposes in the United Kingdom and elsewhere which are, in the opinion of the Trustees, beneficial to the community, including those in the area of benefit.