It has been announced that the 11th Duke of Richmond and Gordon is to be the new patron of Sussex Community Foundation. The Duke is well-known for the tremendous success he has made of the Goodwood Estate and especially of the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival. His late father founded the Sussex Community Foundation in 2006. Since then, the Foundation has given over £13 million in grants to smaller charities and community groups across Sussex and is building an endowment, currently worth £17 million, which will provide sustainable funding for Sussex for years to come.
“At Goodwood, we value entrepreneurial spirit, attention to detail and a sheer love of life,” says the Duke. “The amazing diversity of local charities in Sussex is testament to the great vitality of our community and shows that many people share these values. Sussex Community Foundation provides flexible and long-term funding that allows local charities to continue their amazing work. My father showed great entrepreneurial spirit in getting the Foundation started in 2006 and I am delighted to continue our family’s support for this great charity.”
The announcement was made at the first Sussex Charities Fair at Goodwood House on Saturday 13th October where 28 local charities met guests with an interest in hearing more about the work of the Foundation and its brand of community philanthropy. Speakers included ex-chairman of the Charity Commission, William Shawcross, and investment manager Anthony Bolton, who also co-hosted the event.
“We are delighted that the Duke of Richmond has agreed to be our patron and continue our association with his family,” said Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive of Sussex Community Foundation. “The Sussex Charities Fair has been the perfect event at which to announce his support. It has been a perfect example of the work we do – bringing some amazing local charities together with generous local philanthropists to celebrate our great county and highlight the massive difference that we can make by supporting local charities.”