Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2013
Cathy Elliott is the Chief Executive of the Community Foundations for Merseyside & Lancashire within the UK’s network of 58 community foundations, joining the organisation in 2007 and becoming Chief Executive in 2009.
Cathy oversees the Community Foundations distribution of around £2 million of community investments each year on behalf of 70 partners and donors and since 2007 she has led the growth of an endowment fund from £130,000 to £10 million by 2014. She specialises in advising families and individuals on their philanthropy, managing foundations on their behalf, including businessman, Sir Terry Leahy and former footballer, Jamie Carragher.
Cathy is a Trustee of UK Community Foundations, the umbrella body for community foundations in the UK, especially Co-Chairing UK Vital Signs, and is a Trustee of RECLAIM, an award-winning youth-led charity based in Manchester.
Cathy is a Certificated Member of the UK’s Institute of Fundraising; an Alumni Member of the international Institute for Philanthropy and the Sheila McKechnie Foundation; a Senior International Fellow of the Centre for Philanthropy and Civil Society at the City University of New York; and graduate of the University of Manchester. Before joining the Community Foundations, Cathy worked within the UK’s charity sector for eight years, specialising in fundraising, marketing and campaigning in the UK hospice and disability movements and the arts.
Read Cathy's Fellowship research, The Business of Philanthropy Advising: How far should we go?
Current principal role: Chief Executive
Current principal organisation: Community Foundations for Lancashire & Merseyside
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: UK Community Foundations
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: RECLAIM
Research: Philanthropy Advising: How far should we go? Practitioner exploration into community foundation practice in the UK in 2013/14.
Research topics: Charity; Community development; Corporate social responsibility; Governance; Impact; Leadership; Policy; Private sector; Social investment; Values;
Secondment host: Shop Direct