We have chosen to support Dorset Community Foundation for our 2017 Festival.
"We help people give back to Dorset to improve the lives of others. Many local residents are facing disadvantage and live in areas which are amongst some of the poorest in the UK. By working together, our communities have benefitted from over £10 million of charitable donations. Our knowledge and expertise inspires donors to give to those most in need."
"Vision, Mission and Values"
"The Dorset Community Foundation was founded with one simple aspiration – to make a difference in the lives of others through thoughtful, effective philanthropy. We are a charitable organisation that helps individuals, families, trusts and businesses achieve their charitable goals by offering tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible and effective.
Our Vision is to create united and thriving communities by fostering a culture of giving and philanthropy in Dorset.
Our Mission is to encourage and apply philanthropic contributions to help improve the quality of life amongst communities in Dorset now and for future generations, to provide grants to support the needs and issues in our county through the generosity of our donors, to connect the people who want to make a difference locally with the organisations that can effect change and to encourage greater community involvement.
As part of our mission we aim to build an endowment large enough to provide a permanent source of funding to address the needs and issues of future generations in Dorset."
It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.
I felt truly privileged to be able to enjoy so many events in your excellent programme...quite sumptuous! Had I been able to, I would have booked every event!
I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).
It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map
I very much enjoyed giving my talk and meeting you and all your colleagues. I can think of no way you could have been more accommodating.
We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.