"Visiting the organisations and hearing them talk about their work is humbling and inspiring all at the same time."Greenfields Community Housing
Essex Community Foundation recognises the importance of demonstrating the difference we make. We do this in a number of ways and have found that by balancing formal independent evaluations of our grantmaking programmes with the stories we receive from our grant applicants and our fundholders, we are able to show how we are achieving our mission of inspiring philanthropy and charitable giving – matching people, ideas, resources and needs to make a lasting difference.
ECF uses various tools to understand local needs including, Indices of Multiple Deprivation, Social Needs Survey, independent evaluations and national statistical databases to underpin our work and to understand the needs and strengths of local communities. Sometimes the richest source of information comes from our conversations with local people and the grant applications that we receive.