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Philanthropy Stories

"My mission to galvanise and encourage philanthropy is hugely encouraged by the warmth and energy displayed by the people of Merseyside and its Community Foundation"

Dame Stephanie Shirley, Founding Government Ambassador for Philanthropy

The Community Foundation for Merseyside works with a range of donors across many themes and interests. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver effective, high impact programmes that meet donor's wishes and improve skills, opportunities and prospects across Merseyside.

Our expertise and commitment ensures all donors receive a high quality service with tangible results from each project they fund. To read the journeys of some of our donors please follow the links below.


23 Foundation

Jamie Carragher established the 23 Foundation in 2009 to encourage the youth of Merseyside to actively reach for their dreams by following their sporting interests. 

The 23 Foundation will dedicate 2015/16 to Alder Hey Hospital. The 23 Foundation has created a special partnership with Alder Hey Children’s Charityfor 2015/16 to support the completion of the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The 23 Foundation’s founder and Patron, Jamie Carragher wanted to support Alder Hey in their work as the busiest children’s hospital in the UK, seeing over 270,000 young patients each year, including 180,000 from Liverpool.

The new Alder Hey aims to provide an improved clinical service, based on effectiveness and efficiency. Their parkland will be used creatively as an integral part of their ‘clinical space’, to deliver rehabilitation services to their young patients. It will have 270 beds, including 48 critical care beds. Their 16 operating theatres will be state-of-the-art with the latest integrated technology, and a patient’s experience will be at the heart of all their design and digital developments.

The 23 Foundation will be supporting Alder Hey until 2016 and will be donating funds to especially help Alder Hey to create interactive digital entertainment and distraction in the radiology department to benefit 1,261 patients, a Neo Natal ‘Virtual Visiting’ service for parents of around 340 babies treated in the neo natal unit each year and a Sensory Garden to reduce stress and aid recovery for young patients.

Carragher’s support of the new hospital is not only charitable, but personal: “ When I was born I was treated in Alder Hey and the hospital has been important to me ever since. And when I played for Liverpool and now when doing my 23 Foundation work I visit Alder Hey each year to meet the amazing staff, brave patients and caring parents. It is a special place and I am proud to support Alder Hey as it builds its new hospital.”

The 23 Foundation will be open for general applications in Autumn 2015. 

To find out more about the 23 Foundation please click here.

Santander SEDA Awards

In the spring of 2011 Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside led a group of five community foundations to work with Santander on the development of a new growth award programme for social enterprises.
The working group helped to identify where Santander could add most value to communities and to social enterprises themselves. With their local and sector expertise the community foundations were invaluable in helping to create what resulted from the six month project – the Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards.
There are now eight community foundations across the UK that administer SEDA, reviewing the entries, facilitating the judging panels and working with the SEDA winners to help measure their social impact. Santander are celebrating the success of the SEDA Awards along with the winners.

Download to event brochure and read all about the winners here

Santander won the Pioneering Philanthropist Award at the Spirit of Merseyside Awards 2012. See a film about the SEDA awards here..

The Olivia Rae Foundation

Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett died suddenly on January 2nd 2011 aged just 17. She had contracted influenza along with a secondary bacterial infection which ultimately resulted in severe sepsis. In life, she achieved much, having filled her brief 17 years with passion, joy, and creativity. She was a bright, talented, and quite unique young person who embodied the potential of youth. 
The Olivia Rae Foundation was established to honor the memory and spirit of Olivia by supporting local Merseyside groups and individuals through regular grant-making.
The Olivia Rae Foundation was shortlisted for a Spirit of Merseyside Award in the Emerging Philanthropist category. View a short film about the foundation here..

Visit the Olivia Rae Foundation's webiste at to find out more

Liverpool ONE Foundation

Grosvenor, along with its private sector partners involved in the development of Liverpool ONE, established the Liverpool ONE Foundation as a registered charity in 2005 to support charitable activities in the area in which Liverpool ONE was being developed, with the desire to ‘put something back’ into the local community. For more information on how the Liverpool ONE Foundation is having a huge impact on our local communities please click here.

The High Sheriff's & Merseyside Police Fund

The High Sheriff's and Merseyside Police Fund provides grants to voluntary bodies and community groups in Merseyside to support community safety, crime prevention and security initiatives in their locality. For more information please click here.

Hill Dickinson Fund

Hill Dickinson established their fund at the Community Foundation in 2009, originally to fund arts and culture projects to create a legacy for Liverpool's Capital of Culture in 2008, of which they were a key sponsor. For more information on the Hill Dickinson fund please click here.

Mark McQueen Foundation

The McQueen family from Liverpool established the Mark McQueen Foundation in 2008 in loving memory of their son, Mark. Their Foundation aims to support young men struggling with emotional and mental health issues. For more information on the Mark McQueen Foundation please click here.

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