Community group appoints a chief philanthropy officer

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has appointed Sandra King as its first chief philanthropy officer.

Saturday, 20th August 2016, 7:14 am
Sandra King

Sandra will be a deputy to the Community Foundation’s chief executive, Rob Williamson, and will lead work to inspire and support philanthropy with new and existing donors in the area.

The Foundation’s board has already set a goal of being able to award funding totalling £10million a year through growing its endowment funds to £100million by 2025 and continuing to draw in major gifts and programmes annually.

Ashley Winter, Community Foundation chairman, said: “Sandra is an exceptional leader with a strong background in giving and donor engagement, a sound knowledge of issues in our region, as well as wide local and national networks. So we are delighted that she is joining the Community Foundation as our first chief philanthropy officer.

“We have no doubt that in appointing Sandra to work alongside our chief executive, Rob Williamson, and our whole board and staff team, we can grow our profile, scale and impact to support better the long-term vitality of people and places in our area and the wider North East.”

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Sandra said: “The Community Foundation is a huge success story for the North East, and already widely recognised as a leader in its field.

“Through my work with local charities, I see first-hand the passion and brilliance of work in the voluntary sector, but also the pressures they face as the need for their services increases, and sources of funding are harder to find.

“For me, philanthropy is a hugely important part of what makes things tick in the North East, bringing together those with the means and will to make a difference, with the groups who can make things happen on the ground.”