#Giving Tuesday was launched in the UK in 2014, following on from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it is a designated day where focus is placed upon giving to charity.  This giving can take many different forms; baking for a cake sale, making craft items to sell, donating to charity shops or charitable organisations, tweeting in support of a chosen charity – all of these things count on #Giving Tuesday.

The Belfast Charitable Society has a long tradition of encouraging and promoting philanthropy.  The building and funding of the Poor House was entirely down to the generous and philanthropic people of Belfast. Belfast Charitable Society continues to benefit the people of Belfast by supporting various charities and philanthropic causes. The Society regularly considers how best it can utilise its limited resources and currently has committed its funds in three broad ways.

1. Our Giving: Grants And Loans
Northern Ireland Hospice – Capital and revenue funding
Belfast Charitable Society has donated £250,000 to support the work of NI Hospice. This included an initial capital grant of £100,000 towards the building of the new state-of-the-art adult hospice and a further £150,000 revenue grant for three years to March 2018. In Year 1, the Hospice used the money to invest in research into best practice in palliative care, training for multi-disciplinary staff and to evaluate current models of service delivery –all of which informed a wider transformational change programme which the Society has invested in for the latter two years.

Better Futures Fund
The Society, with UCIT and Building Change Trust, has created a new innovative £1M loan fund. This Fund will provide a much-needed source of small unsecured loans available to voluntary, community and social enterprise groups across Northern Ireland. These loans will allow recipients to improve the viability, sustainability and resilience.  The Better Futures Fund is managed by UCIT (the Ulster Community Investment Trust).

2. Partnership Giving
Barbour Fund (Closed)
This Fund as developed in recognition of the shared history of the Hilden District Nursing Society and Belfast Charitable Society. Both have a long and successful history of caring for the older people, working to improve the lives of those who are less well-off, in some instances providing or facilitating education and training for that purpose. The Society manages this fund and has an agreed six-year programme of awards including support for activities for older people, disadvantaged young people and skilled development

3. Encouraging Philanthropy
Giving NI
Belfast Charitable Society has supported Giving NI through our shared aim of promoting philanthropy by enabling organisations and individuals to get involved with giving. The partnership hopes to help others to access these income streams and provide opportunities to build relationships between potential philanthropists and the organisations who could benefit from their assistance.