Two Ridings Community Foundation is the local Community Foundation for North & East Yorkshire and we connect people who care with local causes that matter
Yorkshire is a place that inspires people to set down strong roots and care deeply about the issues facing their community. Two Ridings Community Foundation is an independent local charity helping ordinary people do extraordinary things that make our local communities thrive, and improve the lives of people who live there. We were originally founded in 200o by the former Chief Constable of North Yorkshire, David Kenworthy, who had been inspired by the work of other Community Foundations across the country. We provide local funding and support that ensures that small local charities and voluntary groups can continue and grow, providing essential care, support and opportunity for the most vulnerable in our communities. All funds raised are invested in North & East Yorkshire to make a real difference to local lives. Led by our local knowledge and insight, we direct support to where it is most needed.
How we help
We invest in local charities:
• Straightforward funding for vital community projects led by local people
• Skills support to help resilience and growth
• A voice for North & East Yorkshire’s charitable sector to raise awareness and investment
We encourage local giving:
• A trusted partner to share knowledge and expertise to inform your giving
• A range of simple ways to give that maximise the impact of your gift
• Join a community of Yorkshire people who share your passion and commitment to social justice
The Two Ridings CF team comprises the Board of Trustees, our staff and a team of volunteers from across the region.
We are recruiting! Ever fancied getting involved as a volunteer on a grants panel? We are looking for lay members for a panel and our grants committee. See bottom of this page for details
Board of Trustees
Two Ridings Community Foundation Staff Team
Two Ridings CF has a team of dedicated and talented staff who all share the same vision and values of supporting grassroots charities in North & East Yorkshire. They work well together and have forged a number of great partnerships with other charities and public sector organisations.
Two Ridings CF Volunteer Assessors
Our project assessors are highly skilled and valuable volunteers, each of whom have unique experience in the charity sector as well as knowing the needs in our region. Each application we receive is assessed by one of our assessors to ensure that every group we fund understands and meets local need. Without the efforts of our project assessors, we wouldn’t be able to fund over 300 projects a year with full confidence that each project is not only effective and sustainable, but also making a real difference to people’s lives.
Two Ridings CF Grants Committee
This committee meets quarterly and reviews applications from a variety of funds, including from our grassroots endowment, A Life Less Lonely and #iwill. The Grants Committee also has delegated authority to review our grant making policy and practice. It oversaw a full review of our grants policy in 2017.
Ali Pearson – Chair and trustee of Two Ridings CF
Hannah Harris – trustee of Two Ridings CF
Debbie Rosenberg – Trustee of Two Ridings CF
Richard Frith – Trustee of Two Ridings CF
Gill Hughes – Trustee of Two Ridings CF
Christine Bainton – lay member. Christine has considerable experience of the Voluntary and Community Sector in York and North Yorkshire. She has been a member of the Standards Committee of City of York Council for over 10 years and was a former trustee of Two Ridings and is a grants assessor.
Tom Waring – lay member, Tom is CEO of Friends of St Nicks a charity based in York. Tom has been an expert member of our Bettys Trees for Life Panel
Lay members for Grants Committee & Coronavirus Community Fund Panel
Salary: voluntary role but reasonable out of pocket expenses will be paid
Job type: Panel or Grants Committee member
Could you be part of shaping and informing our grant making strategy and decisions? We are looking for co-opted members to sit on our Grants Committee and Coronavirus Community Fund panel
Get involved & help ensure we make the best possible decisions for local, grassroots charitable organisations across North & East Yorkshire
We are seeking
Grants Committee Co-opted members x 2
Coronavirus Community Fund Panel members x 2
In both areas we are looking for people who can add lived or working experience of the issues and challenges of communities across our region. We are looking to recruit people from the BME community, people who are familiar with issues associated with severe and multiple disadvantage or people who have volunteered or run small charitable organisations.
We would particularly welcome applications from people of colour because we are looking to diversify who makes decisions about our activity, including grants.