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Hidden Surrey: Why local giving is needed to strengthen our communities (2009)

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Helen Bowcock. Guildford: Surrey Community Foundation, March 2009. 50pp.

Although Surrey is one of the wealthiest counties in the UK, this report demonstrates that it has many pockets of deprivation, which suffer the double disadvantage of going largely unnoticed and receiving lower levels of government spending due to per capita allocations being depressed by general levels of affluence. Bowcock presents very localised statistics to prove that this general picture is deceptive, and uses case studies to make a persuasive argument that domestic community philanthropy is both necessary to meet these hidden needs, and is a fulfilling option for donors who wish to strengthen the communities in which they live.

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