What is a Community Foundation?

Community Foundations are independent charities which:

  • Raise funds from all sources to give local communities an improved quality of life by supporting a wide range of projects for the benefit of local people.
  • Respond to donors (individuals, corporate or legacy) who want their giving concentrated locally, secured over time and focused on specific aims.
  • Use locally chosen trustees to ensure value for money in grants made to applicant community groups.
  • Build local capital endowed funds so that help to the community can be long lasting.
  • Handle funds on behalf of Government, Big Lottery Fund and other countrywide organisations, whenever our in-place network is the most efficient means of delivery.

UK Community Foundations is the national membership and support organisation for individual community foundations. Collectively, its members:

Are the largest community-focused grant making network in the UK, making over £75 million in grants a year.

  • Support annually over 18,000 community organisations.
  • Are recognised by HM Treasury as a tax effective service for UK companies.
  • Have enjoyed individual support and/or donations from corporate names such as Rolls Royce, HSBC, RBS Group, Motorola, Proctor and Gamble and Whitbread, and work with over 6,000 major donors.