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Paris Smith Charity Forum

The Paris Smith Charity Forum is a free platform where you can share your challenges with peers and professionals.


To become a member of the Charity Forum simply complete the on-line registration form.

Please note that the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation have funds set up specifically for smaller, local charities and community groups who need assistance as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Click here for further details.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?


We will be hosting regular webinars this year to help you get through this difficult time and beyond. These webinars will provide bite-sized updates on topics most relevant to you, such as:

  • Employment law issues such as redundancies and furlough leave
  • Cash flow disruption and access to funding
  • Future proofing, including mergers
  • The move to online – how to protect yourself properly

Ultimately these sessions will be led by what you need. Please email Sandy Waters with your topic ideas and we will do our best to feature them in one of our webinars

Exclusive ‘Connect’ facility for forum members

Do you have a question you need help with? Connect is a facility where you can raise an issue with knowledgeable and supportive people, all of whom have first-hand knowledge of the third sector.

Connect is simple to use, and completely safe and anonymous; all that is required is that you complete the on-line form or send your question through to the designated email address and responses will be compiled and sent to you after five working days.  For further details please see the Terms and Conditions.

Bi-Annual conference

Our bi-annual charity conference brings together charities to share ideas, learn from each other and our speakers, and network with colleagues at one of the largest charity sector events in our region. Previous keynote speakers have included:

  • Lord Hodgson, Creator of the Charity Bill
  • Sam Younger, Chief Exec, Charity Commission
  • Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society
  • Stephen Dunmore, Chief Exec, Fundraising Regulator
  • Lady Edwina Grosvenor

Due to the present situation we are looking to take this event online. Further details will be forthcoming.


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The Charity Forum is a promising initiative with the potential to increase self-reliance and resilience among charity trustees in the south of England.  I would recommend all trustees in the region consider how their charities may benefit from taking part in the Forum and wish the project every success.

- Sam Younger, Chief Executive, The Charity Commission (Sept 2010 – Apr 2014)

“The Paris Smith Charity Forum chimes with at least three priorities we have set ourselves in government.”

- Nick Hurd MP (2005-2019)

Congratulations on the success of the Paris Smith Charity Forum Annual Conference in November. It was a pleasure to speak to such a diverse and engaged audience and to announce our fundraising training around Local Charities Day.

The Paris Smith Charity Forum chimes with priorities that I highlighted of a sector that has the public’s confidence. I wish the Forum on going success in encouraging a more independent, self-regulating and sustainable charity and social enterprise sector.


- Rob Wilson MP

Minister for Civil Society (Sep 2014 - Jun 2018)

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