Philantrophy Circle helps to raise thousands for city charities

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An exciting new initiative has been launched by the MK Community Foundation to give people a chance to hear about the work of five local charities.

The Foundation brought together over 40 local philanthropists last Wednesday at Bletchley Park to hear about the work of five local charities.

MK SNAP, MK Basketball Hoops for Health, The Toybox, Ride High and Bletchley Park Trust all made presentations about the work they do and the difference they make.

MK SNAP told the story of an individual growing in confidence as he discovered new skills and that just £500 would buy essential new furniture, whilst Ride High explained that £2,000 would pay for a child to attend the project for a whole year, potentially changing that child’s life.

At the end of the evening the audience had the opportunity to ‘place their bids’ to support the work of one or more of the charities. The bidding quickly gathered pace with pledges ranging from £50 to £500 and within 20 minutes over £9,000 had been raised.

Julia Upton, CEO of MK Community Foundation, said: “The philanthropy circle is a new venture for us, and our aim was to inspire people to support great projects that help people. We were thrilled at the response and it exceeded our expectations, the generosity of those who came was amazing. The evening was great fun and we hope there will be many more in the future.”

Angela Turner, General Manager of Milton Keynes Basketball Club Ltd, said: “This was a great opportunity for MK Basketball Hoops 4 Health to demonstrate the difference  that basketball can make to lives of young people. We are delighted with the funds we raised which will help us to continue our work. Thank you!”

This event was part of the Thames Valley Philanthropy Fellowship, a collaborative project run by the Community Foundations in Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. It aims to inspire giving by bringing together philanthropists committed to seeing positive change in our communities. For further information please see the website