A new foundation has been set up in Northern Ireland to encourage young people to give to charity.
The Hope for More Foundation has been established by Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director of Lloyds Bank Foundation for NI, with the aim of encouraging children and young people to embrace the concept of giving by funding initiatives and activities that will bring them closer to giving opportunities.
Ms Kelso Robb says that by starting small, these future donors will learn about the needs of society and how they can make a modest contribution. The new foundation will help young people understand the building blocks – the ‘who, what, why, when and where’ — of giving, she said.
“If you learn as a child that you should be involved in charitable giving, it becomes a normal part of your life,”
Ms Kelso Robb said.
She added that she wants her daughter one day to take over The Hope for More Foundation.
As well as her role in Lloyds Bank Foundation for NI, Ms Kelso Robb is a Strategic Advisor to Giving Northern Ireland, an organisation that promotes philanthropic giving on a strategic level and also a founder member of Give Inc, Northern Ireland’s first giving circle.
Her initial investment in the fund is being matched by the Pears Foundation, meaning she has doubled the funds available to recipients.
“The Community Foundation manages a number of donor directed funds like this and it’s something we’d really encourage anyone to consider,”
Eamonn Donaghy, Communications and Fund Development Manager at the Community Foundation said.
“We are delighted to be working with Sandara. So many people keep their charitable giving private but we encouraged her to let people know to help inspire others to consider this option,”
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