Monthly Archives: May 2019

From the Archive: The Case of Ellen Murray


Ellen Murray first entered the Poor House as an 18 year old on 7th December 1816, as her mother was struggling to support her at home. Unusually for a person of her age Ellen was placed in Class Three during her time in the institution to improve her reading and writing abilities. However, this changed after nearly two years in the Poor House, when, on 31st October 1818,  the Committee decided that: “Ellen Murray... to assist in the Wash House and not to go anymore to School; nor to sleep with the other girls but in another part of the house”. [...]

From the Archive: The Case of Ellen Murray2019-05-29T09:47:53+00:00

Barbour Fund £100K Helps Address Social Disadvantage


BELFAST Charitable Society is celebrating another milestone in its bid to address social disadvantage and wants to thank the Barbour family for its generosity that enabled this to happen. Together through the Barbour Fund, £100k has been committed to worthy causes in Lisburn and North Belfast over the last five years ago. Established when The Hilden District Nursing Home and Belfast Charitable Society came together through a shared mission, the Barbour Fund, distributes the philanthropic giving on their behalf and will run until 2021. Both societies have a long and successful history of caring for older people, working to improve the [...]

Barbour Fund £100K Helps Address Social Disadvantage2019-05-23T16:15:39+00:00

Philanthropy Fortnight & Individual Giving: Charles Talbot ‘Toby’ Hurst O.B.E., D.L., B.A.


Today as part of Philanthropy Fortnight we are looking at individual giving. From the earliest days of Belfast Charitable Society, we have relied on the generosity of others, either through donations or membership subscriptions. One of the key figures in the more recent history of the Charitable Society was C.T. 'Toby' Hurst. Toby was invited to join the the Belfast Charitable Society Board back in in 1988. Toby had previously been appointed Chair of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners in October 1982. As Convener of the Appeals Committee he worked alongside Lady Quigley, to raise the money for a purpose built care [...]

Philanthropy Fortnight & Individual Giving: Charles Talbot ‘Toby’ Hurst O.B.E., D.L., B.A.2019-05-21T13:41:03+00:00

Philanthropic Giving Tackles Mental Health


To mark Philanthropy Fortnight and Mental Health Awareness Week our CEO, Paula Reynolds, takes a look at recent recipient of the Building Better Futures (BBF) Fund, The Hummingbird Project. Belfast Charitable Society is a financial contributor to this fund. Created by a partnership between Belfast Charitable Society, Building Change Trust and Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT), the £1M fund provides unsecured loans of up to £25,000 to voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises. The Fund not only supports much needed work that tackles disadvantage, but it also gives organisations another opportunity to source income and to think about the viability and [...]

Philanthropic Giving Tackles Mental Health2019-05-20T12:05:54+00:00

Making the Past our Future: Belfast Charitable Society & Philanthropy Today


Originally founded to build and run the Poor House, the Belfast Charitable has continued the philanthropic tradition of its founding fathers into the 21st century. Today Belfast Charitable Society utilises its home at Clifton House to facilitate care of the elderly alongside a heritage and conference centre, operated as a social enterprise. Clifton House Heritage Centre seeks to support the charitable work of the Society by ‘making the past our future’. As a member of the North Belfast Heritage Cluster, the Belfast Charitable Society has worked to secure funding for a philanthropic project to benefit and uplift the local North Belfast [...]

Making the Past our Future: Belfast Charitable Society & Philanthropy Today2019-05-16T14:38:36+00:00

Philanthropy Fortnight: Belfast Charitable Society & Corporate Giving


Today for Philanthropy Fortnight we are looking at corporate giving. Corporate giving has grown in recent years as businesses increasingly are seeking to give back to the communities in which they operate. However, the concept of corporate giving has a longer history than many imagine! One of our donation boards for the old Poor House show that the Belfast Bread & Flour Company was donating money to the Charitable Society in 1803! One of the lesser known stories of the Belfast Charitable Society is the fact that it brought piped water to Belfast on a large scale. From very early days the Poor House [...]

Philanthropy Fortnight: Belfast Charitable Society & Corporate Giving2019-05-15T14:30:04+00:00

Philanthropy Fortnight 2019 set to celebrate generosity


As one of the most charitable and generous regions in the UK, Northern Ireland is set to celebrate all the positive impacts that philanthropy makes during this year’s Philanthropy Fortnight, May 13th-26th. Over 75% of us make donations to charity every year and the partnership between the Community Foundation, Fermanagh Trust, Belfast Charitable Society and Arts and Business NI, ‘Philanthropy Fortnight’ will tell the stories behind modern philanthropy in Northern Ireland. Now in its seventh year, the organisations involved will share what motivates people and businesses to be generous, the wide range of causes supported by philanthropy and the tangible difference [...]

Philanthropy Fortnight 2019 set to celebrate generosity2019-05-13T11:37:42+00:00
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