Philanthropists and guests from across Calderdale and beyond gathered to promote and take inspiration on charitable fundraising and profile raising.
Over 120 professional charity fundraisers, volunteers and people with an interest in generating and giving charitable donations met at Dean Clough, Halifax, for The Inspiring Fundraising and Philanthropy in the 21st Century conference, organised by Community Foundation for Calderdale.
The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid M Roscoe welcomed guests to the all day conference which discussed Crowdfunding, Local Giving, Why People Give, Social Investment and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Guests heard from key note speaker Phil Packer MBE, Marcelle Speller OBE founder of localgiving.com, author of Richer Lives, Why Rich People Give, Jonathan Straight of Straight plc Leeds, and Calderdale philanthropist Pat Russell.
British Inspirational Trust founder and key speaker Phil Packer, a former British Provost Officer who suffered spinal cord injuries in service in Iraq and who dedicates his time to supporting young people facing adversity, addressed guests about the scope and potential of voluntary and business sectors effectively working together.
Mr Packer is working with CFFC’s chief executive Steve Duncan to encourage community support of charities in various ways - such as businesses lending their skills and expertise.
Mr Packer said: “All local sectors have to work in partnership for the survival of charities. The onus is on the charity to get their message across and gain support.
“Community Foundation for Calderdale is a good blue print of how a community can work together and support many different organisations and people in a community.”
Founder of Localgiving.com and co-founder of holiday-rentals.com, Marcelle Speller OBE said she was inspired to create the website which supports small, local charities after attending a workshop at the Institute for Philanthropy.
She said: “The threat to small charities inspired me to get involved. Small charities can’t always qualify for gift aid - so the idea was to bring match funding and gift aid to smaller charities.
“In Calderdale 105 charities are registered to Localgiving and have benefitted by £300k to date. “Philanthropy isn’t just for Bill Gates - anyone can donate £5 to a local charity of choice.
CFFC chief executive Steve Duncan said: “Philanthropy is fun - the more you give the more rewarding it gets. You don’t have to be a millionaire to be considered a philanthropist. Philanthropy isn’t just about giving money – you can give time and share your skills with local causes. I hope Courier readers will think about their own philanthropy journeys and help those less fortunate either through the Community Foundation or to other local charities in Calderdale.”