The Community Foundation has launched the Giving Network to find new professionals and businesspeople who want to help change lives on their doorstep.
It is looking for 30 people in total who are willing to donate a monthly amount – £30 – into a collective fund over a year, matched pound for pound from the Community Foundation’s unrestricted funds.
Gary Fawcett from Morpeth, a divisional director at Brewin Dolphin Investment Management and Financial Planning, was one of the first people to sign up.
He said: “It’s a manageable but meaningful amount that adds up to quite a big sum over a year when you donate alongside others.
“For me, it was the local element that was important as well as the fact that collectively we can make a real difference.”
For more information about the initiative, go to www.communityfoundation.org.uk