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Local community to benefit as Dongying donates to Guildford Philanthropy

Following on from our new partnership agreement, as a gesture of goodwill, The Dongying Municipal Government has confirmed that it would like to donate £5,660 to Guildford Philanthropy.

GBC Municipal meeting Dongying

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: "One of the key purposes of our borough's partnership agreement with Dongying in China is to enhance the understanding and friendship between our places and people. It is great to see this initial positive outcome and goodwill gesture so soon after our visit.

"Their £5,660 donation to Guildford Philanthropy's fund will assist projects that help improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable and less-advantaged residents. As with all individual or business donations, this will be match-funded by the Council to boost the impact for local people and social enterprise. I would like to thank everyone involved and hope this marks the start of a very successful partnership that benefits and strengthens our community as well as our new international relationship."

Guildford Philanthropy is a collaborative partnership set up in 2013 between Guildford Borough Council and the Community Foundation for Surrey. The Community Foundation for Surrey helped to develop the scheme and manages the income and grants.

Chairman of Guildford Philanthropy, Peter Cluff, adds: "I would also like to thank the people of Dongying for their donation to Guildford Philanthropy. Every pound helps to build a community fund that can turn ideas into successful social enterprises and give local people the resources they need to get their ventures off the ground. We also want to encourage local residents and business people to be part of this initiative, bringing their knowledge and funding to help their community."

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The Community Foundation for Surrey is a charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and the voluntary groups providing vital services for local people. The Community Foundation for Surrey is part of a national network of 47 community foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK.

For more information about The Community Foundation for Surrey please visit www.cfsurrey.org.uk

Published on Tuesday 24 October.