Forever Manchester was established in 1989 under the name ‘Community Trust of Greater Manchester’. In 2000 we were renamed to Community Foundation for Greater Manchester before becoming Forever Manchester in 2011.

1989:

  • Community Trust of Greater Manchester was established.
  • Duke of Westminster becomes President

1999:

  • Nick Massey became Chief Executive
  • Duke of Westminster match funding Challenge

2000:

  • Renamed as The Community Foundation for Greater Manchester.
  • Hacienda Auction

2001:

  • Cream Award Best Charity Campaign Gold Award for Hacienda Auction.
  • Launch of Local Network Fund

2002:

  • Launch of Rainmakers fund encouraging successful Women to give or raise funds to support women in less-advantageous situations.
  • Launch of Community Champions Fund

2003:

  • Launch of Fair Share Trust Big Lottery Fund
  • First year our Community Stars Awards

2004:

  • Launch of Manchester Lottery Fund

2005:

  • Management of Comic Relief’s local fund for Greater Manchester
  • Management of Kellogg’s Active Funds
  • Liberation of dormant funds

2006:

  • Management of Kellogg’s Employee Match Fund
  • £3M in dormant funds liberated from councils

2007:

  • National Charity Awards Grantmaking Category Winners
  • National Charity Awards Effectiveness Award Winners

2008:

  • Launch of Grassroots Endowment
  • Management of Kellogg’s CCF Programme

2009:

  • Management of Greater Manchester Disaster Relief Fund
  • Launch of Targeted Support Fund

2010:

  • Investors in People Bronze Award Winners
  • National Charity Awards Grantmaking Category Winners

2011:

  • Renamed to Forever Manchester
  • The concept of ‘Charity… The Mancunian Way’ was introduced bringing a new philosophy and personality to the brand.
  • The first of 3 annual ‘Backwards Run’ held at Heaton Park.
  • Adopt a Strength Based Approach to Community Development
  • Artist Si Scott produces a range of Manchester Music Artwork for Forever Manchester.

2012:

  • Development of Corporate Partners
  • Development of a range of fundraising initiatives
  • Moved premises to Hewitt Street behind Deansgate Station.
  • Forever Manchester Ambassadors programme established.

2013:

  • National Charity Times Big Society Award Winners
  • ‘I Grew That’ Book and DVD published celebrating the success of Fair Share Trust work.
  • Launch FM Awards (Cash4Graft & Cash4Growth)
  • Captain Manchester unveiled
  • Launch of Run for Round ‘ere campaign
  • FM Ambassador Andrew Trott-Barn’s hots his annual Mirror Ball to raise money for Forever Manchester
  • ‘This Is The Place’ poem by Tony Walsh

2014:

  • Phil Jones, MD at Brother UK, becomes President
  • Golden Hedgehog PR Award Winners for Captain Manchester campaign
  • First Friday Networking Event established.
  • Andrew Trott-Barn launches Halloween Spooktacular Event
  • Caketober, bake sale fundraiser launched

2015:

  • Annual Birthday Bash established to celebrate 25 years
  • Management and delivery Spirit of 2012  funded ‘Fourteen’ 3 year programme in Moston and Harpurhey
  • Management of Brother UK Fund
  • FM Women Event launched
  • Artist Stan Chow produces a range of Manchester Music Artwork for Forever Manchester.

2016:

  • Management of Autotrader Fund
  • Annual Football 7s tournament established.
  • Launch of ‘This Charming Manc’ merchandise range
  • Forever Manchester Week (June) launched