Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust Launches The Million Pound Match Challenge in Exciting New Partnership with Kent Community Foundation

To celebrate 50 years of philanthropy in Kent, the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust is delighted to announce the launch of our partnership with the Kent Community Foundation.

In order to encourage local philanthropy and build a legacy for young people with a poverty of opportunity in Kent the Colyer-Fergusson Trust and Kent Community Foundation are launching The Million Pound Match Challenge.

For every £1 donated to an endowment fund at Kent Community Foundation, the Trust will match it. The funds will be invested in perpetuity and the income gained every year will be used for charitable grant making for the benefit of disadvantaged young people in Kent.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation said:

“We are delighted that the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust trustees have made a decision to invest their funds in this way.  Match challenges are extremely effective in encouraging donors to set up local funds to support their own communities.

We are certain that this match will be a huge incentive to those who want to set up their funds to support local causes and be a fantastic resource and future legacy for disadvantaged young people in Kent.”

Nicholas Fischer, Chairman of the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust in this way. Sir James would be pleased to know that his legacy is helping to encourage other local people to give back to the county he himself loved so much. Disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in Kent face enormous challenges; the recession has impacted on every community across the county, but none more so than Kent’s young people who have suffered disproportionately from a lack of employment opportunities.”

Sir James Colyer-Fergusson was a generous philanthropist and the Trust has been working for nearly 50 years to make his vision of improving the lives of local people in Kent a reality.


Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust was established in 1969 by Sir James Colyer-Fergusson. Since then,  the Trustees have made grants in his honour to preserve beautiful Kent churches, promote musical and academic excellence and support local communities . In recent years the Trust has made grants to improve the quality of life of local people by funding community projects that tackle poverty and social exclusion. It has also supported the sustainability of local churches and in particular their role as an important community resource. The trustees regularly review and revise their funding policies to ensure that Trust money continues to be well spent.

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