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Project information

Foundation 2020

The financial and operational challenges of maintaining such a unique site are very significant and faced with a major conservation and repair programme, the Cathedral Chapter is making a strategic step-change in the way it manages the care of its historic buildings.

September 2017 - December 2020

Charity information: Durham Cathedral

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  • Need

    Need

    Durham Cathedral is responsible for the ongoing care and conservation of its buildings, woodlands and riverbanks. The financial and operational challenges of maintaining such a unique site are very significant and faced with a major conservation and repair programme.

    Solution

    Foundation 2020 aims to build and endowment of £10 million by 2020 to support the annual cycle of planned maintenance and repair of the Cathedral’s buildings to ensure they are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy. To kick start the campaign, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £1 million to the fund which is available to match donations we raise on a 1:1 basis, so every £1 donated is doubled.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Foundation 2020 aims to build and endowment of £10 million.

    Activities

    » the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £1 million to the fund which is available to match donations we raise on a 1:1 basis.

    Over the period of three years Durham Cathedral will monitor all donations which are made to the Foundation 2020 from both new and existing supporters and reaching our target.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Foundation 2020 will ensure the Cathedral will be able to continue its duty of care of these buildings by being able to draw down from this endowment fund on an annual basis to cover the annual general maintenance costs. General maintenance is vital to ensure an all over good duty of care to the building and works to avoid needing urgent repair, and major capital projects due to neglect.

    Risk

    Donor fatigue is always a risk for our organisation, as is the donor demographic of the north east and capacity of our marketing team to ensure the timely communication of the campaign and marketing messages. We have given a 12 month period of rest and stewardship in between the launch of this campaign and the completion of our last, and have undertaken training and hired new staff in order to drive communication and support the promotion of this campaign.

    Reporting

    There is a stewardship strategy in place to communicate with prospective, existing and new donors to the campaign. This will cover direct mail, e-communications, social media and digital communication platforms. All information about the income and outcomes will be published in our annual magazine

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Endowment Campaign contribution to the £1 million needed to fundraise in the first 12 months through public appeals

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Heritage Lottery Foundation £1,000,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Durham Cathedral is one of the world’s architectural treasures; a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has been a place of pilgrimage for 1,000 years and today welcomes over 750,000 visitors each year. The magnificent Romanesque Cathedral not only provides the unique setting for the many services, events and activities that take place daily within its walls, but it also inspires them.

    Beneficiaries

    The Cathedral hosts thousands of events throughout the year including community groups, facilitate third party charities fundraising events, school visits, outreach programmes, concerts, services and learning opportunities for adults and children alike. Every year the Cathedral welcomes over 750,000 visitors which without regular maintenance and care of its buildings would not be possible. The Cathedral also houses some of the most important collections which scholars and students access.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Durham Cathedral is much loved and through Foundation 2020 the Cathedral will be able to ensure the continuation of the care and conservation to ensure the people of Durham, the north east and pilgrims alike can continue to have access to this beautiful building for many more years to come.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Volunteers

    We rely on the love and support of over 800 volunteers who welcome visitors and share the story of the Cathedral to all who enter its doors.