Tina Costello looks to the future of the charity sector

TINA Costello, Chief Executive of Heart of England Community Foundation, looks back on 2020 so far for the Foundation and her team:

2020 has been a rollercoaster and, like everyone else, Heart of England Community Foundation has had to adapt to ensure it continues to support community needs across the West Midlands. Community Foundations are built to respond to a crisis, and we wanted to be the best-placed charity in the region to do that.

Whilst staff adapted to home working, we quickly pulled together a grants programme and public campaign to address the resulting – and emerging – problems COVID-19 posed to the community. The Foundation has only run a handful of public appeals, but our Coronavirus Resilience Appeal brought in £408,000; a combination of the general public, existing and new donors who wanted to give their support. Alongside this, money from the National Emergencies Trust enabled us to award over £1.3m in COVID-19 relief.

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