The Birmingham Community Foundation has changed its name to better reflect the areas it serves.
The independent charity, affiliated to the wider national and international Community Foundation Network, has been renamed the Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation.
With significant support from a wide range of donors, philanthropists and funders, the charity has helped to award in excess of £30 million to many thousands of community groups since it was launched in the area more than 15 years ago.
Its chief executive David Hersey said: “The change of name better reflects the geography and communities we serve and hopefully will stimulate even more collaboration and effective working in these increasingly tough times.”
The BBCCF has two broad purposes. The first is to work with local donors by pooling the donations of philanthropically minded individuals and community-minded companies into an endowment fund.
This enables them to direct their giving to causes that matter to them and provides a permanent and growing fund for activities that strengthen and sustain local communities.
The second of its roles is to work with the community by supporting local voluntary and community activity through locally based and constructive grant making.
Mr Bucknall is pictured with John Andrews, who has headed up Black Country Community Foundation initiatives over the last decade.