The past two years have been filled with unprecedented challenges that have had a huge effect on how the third sector operates, and what funders, such as Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, need to do to be effective. As the world cautiously establishes a new normal, CCF is determined to make this an opportunity to challenge our norms and push ourselves to grow as a funder and as part of the Cambridgeshire community.

To meet this goal, we are making several changes, including new staff members!

Xanthe joins us as our newest Grants Officer, with two psychology degrees and a background in trust-based philanthropy with a global children’s funder. She is a recent graduate, and excited to begin building her career in philanthropy with CCF. She will work across a number of funds but has a special interest in issues affect young people, gender equity, and the environment.

CCF is also welcoming Michelle Longman as its new Head of Philanthropy – the first person ever to hold this exciting new position in the CCF Team. Throughout her career, Michelle has always tried to do a little to help create positive change. She has worked as a Head of Fundraising and Development for a number of years where she valued meeting all the amazing people who made her work possible, along with all the incredible people and organisations who change the world around us. She is very much looking forward to working for her home county in her position at CCF and is excited to supported a range of organisations, including smaller locally-based groups, to really make a difference where it is needed.

These exciting new hires are part of CCF’s mission to constantly improve the way in which we approach grant making, to enable us to best serve Cambridgeshire and its communities. We are also looking to strengthen our relationships with other funders to build a network promoting best practice and to explore new funding opportunities. CCF is about to recruit a new Marketing and Communications Officer, to help us highlight our work and further grow our community across Cambridgeshire.

In addition to expanding the team, we have updated our website to make it easier to find appropriate funding opportunities and apply for them. We have also included lots of content from the donors who support our work, as well as stories about the brilliant groups and projects they enable us to support.

We are excited about the new chapter that we are about to embark on and we hope you can join us!