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community chest,

cooperative organization of citizens and social welfare agencies in a city. Also known as a united fund, it has two purposes: to raise funds through an annual campaign for its member agencies and to budget the funds raised. The fund is administered by the community chest or united fund itself, or as a joint endeavor with a community welfare council; to represent the idea of administering, as well as collecting, the funds, the national association in 1927 took the name Community Chests and Councils. Today the organization's official name is the United Way of America. In 1974, it formed United Way International to provide assistance to the international United Way community and similar fundraising organizations outside the United States. The idea of cooperative collecting for charitable purposes originated in Liverpool, England (1873), and, in the United States, in Denver (1887). In 1900 the Cleveland chamber of commerce went a step further and assumed responsibility for endorsing the agencies seeking funds; 13 years later Cleveland brought almost all its welfare organizations together in the Cleveland Welfare Council. The name community chest was coined in Rochester, N.Y., in 1913.


See J. R. Sealey et al., Community Chest: A Case Study in Philanthropy (1957).

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To find out about the Community Chest contact Fiona Buchan on (0191) 424 4430 or jarrownmp@
The SRB's Community Chest gives grant aid up to pounds 1,000 for individuals and organisations within the four West Redcar wards of Newcomen, Kirkleatham, Dormanstown and Coatham.
Find out more about the Community Chest by calling 0151-285 2816.
County councillor Sid Tooth (Lab, Camp Hill), the chairman of the Community Chest panel, said: "These grants are for the purpose of supporting the development of activities which will benefit those working and living within the Camp Hill area.
The Community Chest is also used to assist organisations working in the field of disability sport, with BME communities and those providing sporting opportunities for women and girls.
Coun Andrew Tebbutt, executive member for corporate services, said the Community Chest fund aimed to support not for profit organisations, and help deliver local projects which otherwise might not be possible.
Happy: Daniel Wood-Allan, aged six, and Kymiah Jones, also aged six, at Ley Hill Fun Club which received a Community Chest grant earlier this year for new sports equipment.
This year's Community Chest, sponsored by Barclays, is offering groups the chance to win a share of pounds 15,000 - the most we've ever given away.
The Sunderland Community Chest and Community Learning Chest awarded the grants to groups managed by locals.
The fencing was funded by pounds 750 from West Redcar Single Regeneration Budget's community chest and pounds 150 from the Legion's own Cenotaph Restoration Fund.
The society has been awarded a pounds 5,000 community chest grant in order to carry out the work Allotments society secretary Phil Williams said: ``The new fencing and gates funded by the grant will secure the area so that we can soon start work on the project.''

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