The Birmingham Foundation has marked a decade of successful fundraising with the announcement that in the last 12 months alone the charity has provided financial help and support for more than 900 local voluntary and community projects.
As the largest locally based charity marks its tenth anniversary, its recently published Review of the Year 2006-2007 reveals that the charity awarded more than £3.3 million in grants during this 12-month period, with its work having a direct impact on the lives of half a million local people.
The chief executive of Birmingham Foundation, Derek Inman, said: "As the Birmingham Foundation enters this milestone year, it is clear that the charity is continuing to achieve its goal of improving the quality of life for disadvantaged and deprived communities in the city.
"For the first time in its decade-long history, it has also further expanded its geographical reach, by establishing a focused presence in the Black Country and, from the end of February, the Edgbaston Foundation.
"Indeed the Birmingham Foundation has touched the lives of many individuals and organisations over the last 12 months, and we are very grateful to the generosity of those who have made this possible.
"There have been many notable successes and landmark projects through 2006-2007 which demonstrate how Birmingham Foundation can really make a difference to local lives.
"One of the charity's most high profile projects, and a source of great pride to all involved, is the transformation of the former Nechells Baths. With the support of funders including The Heritage Lottery, Advantage West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Birmingham Foundation spearheaded a project to save this historic building and give it a new lease of life as a hub for the local community."
Among the many diverse projects that the Birmingham Foundation has awarded grants to in the last year is Birmingham Community Venture - an initiative supported by West Midlands Police which helps more than 70 disaffected young people aged between eight and 19 from the Winson Green, Edgbaston and Ladywood areas through a programme of street sports.
A further 100 children have also benefited from a grant awarded to the Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies. This organisation works with both adults and children with behavioural and emotional problems that have arisen as a result of mental health problems, learning disabilities, autism, stress and trauma.
Birmingham Foundation's 15-strong team is based at St George's Court in Birmingham city centre. The charity also benefits from the support of a Board of Trustees, which includes a network of Birmingham's business leaders and influencers.
David Bucknall, chairman of Birmingham Foundation, said: "Everyone involved has their own personal motives for volunteering their time and giving the benefit of their practical skills and professional experience, but all are united by a sense that they are giving something back to the city."