Jan 17, 2023
Episode 73: Maria Spadafora - Leeds Community Foundation
Maria Spadafora - Photo Credit, Lizzie Coombes
"Leeds Community Foundation distributes vital grants and gives trusted advice to Community Organisations across Leeds and Bradford to influence positive change. We are driven by creating meaningful social impact for thousands of local people every year.
As the region’s largest independent funder, Leeds Community Foundation is the only organisation of its kind in Leeds and Bradford, working with hundreds of Community Organisations each year. The Foundation generates philanthropic giving and leverages statutory funding to deliver grants that address specific challenges. This opens up vulnerable and often marginalised communities to a wealth of opportunities including skills, education, health, culture and employment.
Our work goes beyond funding alone as it also provides resources that Community Organisations would otherwise struggle to access. As an organisation focused on creating a fair and inclusive society, Leeds Community Foundation works alongside the Community Organisations we fund to address inequalities and create opportunities.
Leeds Community Foundation prides itself on building strong, trusted relationships across Leeds and Bradford with local Community Organisations, incredible supporters and regional leaders. This collaboration means the right investment is made available now, while building a brighter future for all."
I had a fantastic chat with Maria Spadafora, Senior Programmes Officer from Leeds Community Foundation. We talked about some of the great projects they have helped, the difficulties community organisations the foundation helps are facing and ghost buses!
Maria was a brilliant guest and she chose to feature the track "Stargazers Know This Stuff" by Galitza and dedicated to Stevie Adams.