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Issue No: 5                                                                                  December 2015

News Update

Welcome to new update before the start of 2016. Wishing you all a relaxing and peaceful Christmas and New Year. We hope you find it interesting and inspiring. 

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CTWM Members
New Member of CTWM - Wolves Aid
In February 2008, Steve Morgan, Chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club announced that he would give a proportion of The Morgan Foundation budget to Wolves charity Wolves Aid, part of Wolves Community Trust.
Funds are targeted where they can be most effective in making a real difference to the lives of the people in this region, especially the disadvantaged and those with disabilities.
Wolves Aid specialises in supporting small to medium sized locally based organisations whose work focuses on children, families, disadvantage and disability. Any work which has a positive effect on the welfare and quality of life, or which enhances the opportunities and life choices for people in this region will be considered.
Wolves Aid is particularly keen to support those who have already begun to make an impact, but need a helping hand to expand their work and increase their effectiveness. Organisations who use a high level of volunteers in order to achieve their objectives are encouraged to apply.
Wolves Aid is unique within football, distributing grants to small charities and organisations based locally. To date, £850,000 has been donated since 2008, supporting over 125 local good causes. The website is under construction. Contact Laura Cowley, Community Trust and Wolves Aid Administrator to find out more
New Member of CTWM - WestHill Endowment Trust
Westhill is a relatively young grantmaking trust, having been established less than 15 years ago when the old Westhill College was sold to Birmingham University. Its main focus is to invest approximately £300,000 each year in UK-based faith-motivated projects – ideally ecumenical and often inter-faith - which aim to enable people to transform their lives and the life of their community, especially through better religious education. A small number of international projects are also considered, reflecting that Westhill College also educated overseas students. Westhill also makes available  free of charge a small number of works of art to community groups and churches who organise local events where people can explore religious issues. The trust has two part-time employees; for more details visit or follow @WesthillCharity
National News 
New Charities Bill - Tough new clauses
In September went through the third Lord reading stage. The bill is designed to protect charities from people who present a risk of abuse, and give the Charity Commission for England and Wales new and tougher powers to tackle serious abuse of charities.

It also seeks to give charities a new legal power to invest their funds in a way that provides a financial return, and furthers the charity’s aims.
The Bill has now come up to the House of Commons for consideration and will face its second reading in December 2015.

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What funders want from Charities - Guardian article ( Proving your impact: What funders want from Charities)
Measuring and evidencing impact is a central part of any charity’s work; but what are funders really looking for before parting with their money?

Most donors consider “evidence of impact” to be very important, according to a survey by NPC. Responses revealed that 58% of mainstream and 61% of high-income donors pay close attention to impact of charities when giving money. However, that doesn’t mean it’s the first thing that gets supporters interested.

 CTWM News
Roundtable Discussion: 20th January 2015
12.30 - 1.45pm @ Harborne Parish Lands Charity
Call to small trusts and foundations - are you overwhelmed with inappropriate applications? Do you have limited resources to cope with the demand for grant support? How can we as trusts and foundations share our experience and learn about what works in dealing with the rise in inappropriate applications. How does developing appropriate criteria and guidelines help in this process?  Following a workshop discussion at the 40th Anniversary Annual Conference in November, Debbie Pippard, Barrow Cadbury Trust will kick start a discussion. Please email me if you will be attending
Briefing session - February 2015
CTWM will be organising a briefing session on the progress of the current Immigration Bill and its implications for the region. Find out more about the current resettlement and dispersal of asylum seekers and refugees and the state of European migration. Speakers: Michael Bates, Solicitor, Birmingham Community Law Centre (tbc); Sian Scholes, Manager, Red Cross (tbc); Heaven Crawley, Director, Chair, International Migration, Coventry University (tbc). The date to be confirmed in early January with the details of the venue and speakers.
Annual General Meeting - On the 22nd March 2015
Please note in your diary the date of the Annual General Meeting. The approval of the new CIO Constitution for CTWM; election of Executive Committee members; Annual Report and Accounts, and an update on the future work programme will be on the agenda.

We hope to have a presentation on the state of the region - giving an insight into the current trends and issues for the West Midlands- that will help to inform members' grant giving priorities. Further information and details will be sent in the new year.
40th Anniversary Annual Conference 2015

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CTWM Interest Groups

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About Charitable Trusts West Midlands

Charitable Trusts West Midlands (CTWM) is a membership association for trusts, foundations and other funders that operate in the West Midlands region.  Established in 1975, CTWM’s mission is “to provide a support network for funders in the West Midlands, helping them to work more effectively and increase their impact on people and communities.” 
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