What does altruism mean to you?

In the spirit of altruism, regular contributor Mark Hinds, Branch Manager at Charles Stanley Norwich, has decided to give this space over to the team at Norfolk Community Foundation to shine a spotlight on this worthwhile cause and share what altruism means to them

Published in Norfolk Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

Community Spirit: Norfolk Community Foundation

At Norfolk Community Foundation, altruism goes beyond selflessness. It is a concern with the good of the whole. Whenever people give, they often ask the question: “Am I doing the most good?” This can cause paralysis; giving selflessly is an enormous act of trust, and we sometimes question whether our donation has a real impact. The answer to this crisis of confidence lies in ‘effective altruism’, a global movement that uses evidence and reasoning to do the ‘most good’ possible.

Readers of this magazine may already be aware of the Norfolk 100 membership from previous articles. Offered by the Norfolk Community Foundation, it presents an opportunity to join an exclusive pool of philanthropists who contribute to a wide variety of evidence-based causes across the county.

Mark Hinds, Branch Manager of Charles Stanley Norwich and recent Norfolk 100 member, explains what it means to him: “Last year, I became a Norfolk 100 member, which simply means I contribute a fixed sum regularly. Now, I know that a modest single ongoing commitment is not going to change the world on its own. However, a healthy community is not about individual actions; it is about the sum of collective actions.”

Supporting communities across Norfolk

The year-on-year support given by Mark and other Norfolk 100 members, means we can continue supporting communities across the county. From creating community gardens that get people out of long-term unemployment, to equipping community kitchens for feeding the homeless, members are kept up to date with the real impact they have locally.

Mark adds: “The Norfolk Community Foundation makes it easy for anyone to give to charity with confidence, that they are contributing where help is needed most.”

2020 saw the most rapid expansion of Norfolk Community Foundation’s donor pool ever. This is no accident. Ordinary people gave to us because of our integrity and our knowledge of how best to support Norfolk communities. Our openness with our donors is why many of them returned to us in 2021 to give more, so we can continue to support Norfolk’s third-sector organisations as they carry on their vital work.

If you wish to learn more about Norfolk 100 membership please give us a call on 01603 623958, or head to norfolkfoundation.com, where you can also find out more about our key initiatives, such as the Sir Normal Lamb Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, Nourishing Norfolk, Vulnerable Families, Together for Women and Girls, and Love Norfolk.

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Mark Hinds is an Investment Manager and Branch Manager at Charles Stanley Norwich. To discuss your investments and the options available to you, arrange your free consultation with a member of our Norwich team.
T: 01603 856932
E: norwichbranch@charles-stanley.co.uk
or visit charles-stanley.co.uk/norwich-office

Charles Stanley & Co. Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The value of investments can fall as well as rise. Investors may get back less than originally invested

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