Heritage

We’ve been managing and distributing the kindness and generosity of local people and businesses since 1988.  We’re a small team with huge experience, offering reassuring, expert guidance to both our donors and the community causes we help. 

How have we been able to do this?

Well from day one our team have been embedded in local industry, with founder Trustees representing some of the biggest firms in the world, at the time they were household names and provided jobs to the majority of our citizens. Companies like ICI, British Steel, BASF and DuPont, to name but a few, read like a Who’s Who of a time of great wealth and success for our area, Sadly these industries are long gone but the unique way a Community Foundation is structured means that their legacy lives on forever, supporting our local community, now and into the future.

What follows is a story of success and philanthropy, with some of the leading personalities of the time heavy industry was what Teesside was all about. We hope to capture the spirit of this time and the birth of our fantastic organisation; we pay tribute to those who made it possible.

History of TVCF

Although rooted in the local community, it can be suggested that Tees Valley Community Foundation came into being following a call to action from the Mott Foundation of Flint Michigan. The Mott Foundation is a successful charity, part of a huge network of Community Foundations across the USA, most of which were established in the early 20th Century.

Check out the timeline of our history and how we got started

Our Donors

Companies And People

In May 1990 Cleveland Community Foundation awarded its first six grants of between £100 and £1000.

The next four years saw a truly herculean effort to build the Cleveland Endowment Fund, the details of who helped can be found here (link to timeline) and in March 1994 the value of the fund exceeded £1,000,000 for the first time, successfully securing the $1,000,000 prize from our American partners; an unbelievable achievement!

Ron was honoured with a knighthood in 1995 for services to Teesside, becoming Sir Ronald Norman OBE. This success was made possible, in part, by the support of our local industry, including many household names who are sadly no longer part of our business community.The story of these companies and the people who helped us realise our dream can be read here…

ICI Fund

For the bulk of the 20th Century the name ICI was synonymous with life for the communities on the banks for the Tees. The influence on the growth of the community is incalculable such was its influence.

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ICI Fund

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British Steel

British Steel, originally founded by Dorman Long in 1917, the steel produced was used to build structures including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tyne Bridge and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. In 1967…

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British Steel

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Les Bell Family Fund

The Bells Stores name was a major part of the Teesside commercial scene for nearly four decades with a chain of successful small supermarkets and local stores being the most visible part of the business.

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Les Bell Family Fund

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