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The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland – supporting grassroots charities

A real strength of Ward Hadaway’s CSR is their engagement with employees, giving a
real sense that a people-centred culture thrives in the organisation. I look forward to
continuing our partnership for years to come.

Ross Wilson, Senior Philanthropy Advisor, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland


The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is the largest independent charitable funder in the North East.

The Community Foundation nurtures giving and philanthropy, matching generous people with the region’s important community causes. Its vision is to see communities thrive across the North East of England, with fairness and generosity changing lives and helping everyone feel they belong.
Each year, the Foundation awards grants to hundreds of charities through funds set up by their donors.

Our role

The Ward Hadaway Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland was established in 2001. The fund makes grants to a diverse range of local grassroots charities and voluntary organisations in the North East, as well as in and around the Manchester and Leeds areas
to reflect the wider Northern presence of Ward Hadaway.

We also sponsor and are a member of the charity’s Giving Network, which brings together likeminded professionals to pool donations to the Foundation and work together to choose charities to support.

The Impact

The Ward Hadaway Fund has provided 119 grants worth a total of £62,191 to a range of causes. From housing homeless people and welcoming refugees to clubs for isolated older people and community arts festivals, our teams in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle have helped.

Specifically, we’ve helped to improve the mental health of young people in the region, providing invaluable support to local mental health charities such as the Curious Monkey, a local theatre group, and Scotswood Natural Community Garden project.

The Giving Network has made more than £72,000 in grants to charities working on a range of themes, thanks to the regular contributions of like-minded professionals.

Work with us

We are genuinely passionate and committed to doing all we can to raise money for those in need, especially charitable cases that create positive change to many lives.

Local community support is championed by Ward Hadaway right across the business and whether it’s our team in Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle, we’re keen to create opportunities that improve lives within the regions where we work and beyond.