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Published on Apr 8, 2015
Andy draws on his extensive experience of working with Cumbria’s diverse communities to speak on ‘changing our world one step at a time’.
Andy has led the staff team at Cumbria Community Foundation since its inception in 1999. The Community Foundation promotes philanthropy with the aim of supporting the people and communities of Cumbria. It has won national awards for its grant making and fundraising and responded three times to major disasters in Cumbria. With endowed assets in excess of £12.5m and total grant making in excess of £23m it has become Cumbria’s largest independent grant maker. Regularly distributing £2.1m pa of self generated funds the Community Foundation supports around 500 community initiatives per year. Andy says ‘You can’t be negative about life when you work in an organisation when virtually every day someone rings up with an idea for how they can make the world a better place’. As well as tackling very serious issues through its grant making and advocacy the Community Foundation has brought to Cumbria inspirational events including the Jennings Rivers Ride and Big Sleep.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx