Generosity alive and well in the Bay

The Salvation Army is just one of the many organisations that the Acorn Foundation is able to support through the generosity of their donors

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and that is also true of wider communities. It is unrealistic to expect national or local governments to “fix” all of the problems and challenges in society – partly because only a community really knows what its own needs are.

That’s where local community foundations play a key role. The Acorn Foundation connects generous people who care with causes that matter in our region.

Acorn provides funding support for over 100 charities and community groups each year, thanks to the generosity of local people who want to make a difference.

These groups are highly in tune with people who live and work nearby, and are best-placed to provide the services that are going to make a real difference to people’s lives. But they need funds to operate, and that’s where Acorn’s donors come in.

Over $4million has been added to the Acorn Foundation endowment pool over the past year, from 80 different people from all walks of life.

Acorn Operations Manager Margot McCool says: “It’s not the amount you give that matters – the fact is that when many people choose to support their community in this way, together their generosity can and does make a huge difference.”

Acorn uses its Vital Signs research to pinpoint exactly where those funds will have the greatest impact, so donors can rest assured that their support is going to make a difference where it matters most.

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