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Vital Signs is the first giving guide for charitably-minded people and businesses as well as philanthropists and charitable trusts of all kinds.

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About Lancashire's Vital Signs

Welcome to Lancashire’s Vital Signs brought to you by the Community Foundation for Lancashire.

Launched on 1 October 2013, Lancashire’s Vital Signs is the city region’s first giving guide for charitably-minded people and businesses as well as philanthropists and charitable trusts of all kinds who have in common a passion for Lancashire.

We know that many people and organisations wish to ensure the people of Lancashire’s lives are better, brighter, happier and healthier, and communities are kinder, greener, finer and richer. We already know that Lancashire is a good place to live, learn and work, though many citizens believe that there are certain
issues that could be tackled, specific local needs met or new aspirations supported to ensure that Lancashire is very much prosperous and thriving.

There is a huge need for philanthropic and charitable support at this time in Lancashire. As a major grant-maker and funder in the area we are currently only able to fund 30% of the requests we receive each year from residents, community groups, charities and social businesses. These organisations have limited resources, though the ability to make life changing differences to their communities.

As Lancashire’s Philanthropy Centre we aim to inspire, delight, surprise and perhaps even move you with our Lancashire Vital Signs, giving you the vital information to decide on how to support your local community, following in the footsteps of many centuries of philanthropists.

Lancashire’s Vital Signs provides information by each of the region’s 14 districts, including the unitary authorities of Blackburn and Blackpool. The guide includes local citizen’s concerns and aspirations from over 150 community voices and top key social issues, alongside inspirational stories of community achievement. We will publish this guide every three years with mini Vital Signs reports in the intervening years.

We aim to encourage you and people like you to give right now in Lancashire. You can choose to give a charitable donation, a grant, your time as a volunteer, share your expertise, provide a gift in-kind or pro bono work to support existing or new activities for immediate or long-term impact. We encourage you to give however you wish to with your local Community Foundation or elsewhere, and to give wisely and right now
because your community makes you and you make your community.

Cathy Elliott
Chief Executive, Community Foundation for Lancashire
October 2013

Your Giving Options with the Community Foundation

  • LocalGiving.com, a Community Foundation approved website of community organisations.
  • Join Lancashire 100, our growing giving circle, to have a big impact in communities by working with other members for an annual donation of £1,000 a year.
  • Set up a Charitable Fund or Foundation with the Community Foundation, including donor-directed funds from £25,000 with long-term endowment options for sustainability and legacy plans.
  • Create a Giving Plan with the advice of the Community Foundation to achieve your giving aims.
  • Join our Philanthropy Fellowship North West to share learning and best practice with like-minded people and organisations. Annual subscriptions apply for individuals, trusts and businesses.
  • Commission tailored research from the Community Foundation to guide your giving.
  • Sponsor Community Foundation events to raise the profile of giving in Lancashire, gain branding opportunities and support community achievement.
  • Volunteer locally by finding opportunities on Localgiving.com, contacting an organisation direct, via the Community Foundation, your local CVS or Volunteer Centre Liverpool.
  • Give direct to a community group, charity or social business that has inspired you in our guide. Look them up, contact them direct and start supporting the.

For more information, please contact vitalsigns@lancsfoundation.org.uk