Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Queen Honours Charity Chief Who Helps Poor

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Queen Honours Charity Chief Who Helps Poor

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Byline: David Cohen

THE man charged with administering the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund was at Buckingham Palace this week to receive an honour from the Queen.

Stephen Hammersley, chief executive of the Community Foundation Network, which manages more than 3,000 funds including the [pounds sterling]7.3 million Dispossessed Fund, was made a CBE for services to philanthropy.

Mr Hammersley said: "When I first got the letter about my CBE in the post I didn't tell a soul, not even my wife and children, for a week. There are plenty of people who do amazing work in my field and I felt embarrassed to be singled out. This is not something I expected in my wildest dreams.

"I nevertheless feel enormously grateful that the work of community foundations has been recognised in this way. In the last three years, CFN has almost tripled in size and we now administer 3,200 funds that support 26,000 charities and benefit over half a million disadvantaged people a year. …

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