What is a community foundation?
A community foundation is a charity that connects those that have financial resources with local charities whose impact is restrained only by a lack of finance. Each foundation has a specific geographic area, meaning that they have unparalleled local knowledge. Community foundations work with individuals, families and companies to design bespoke grant making strategies that target particular issues or focus on particular geographical areas.
Nationally, there are 48 accredited community foundations. Together, they manage £500m or endowed funds for donors and invest £65m or more each year into communities with grant funding. UK Community Foundations (UKCF) is the umbrella organisation for all community foundations. UKCF quality accredit member community foundations to standards endorsed by the Charity Commission and provide advice and support. They also provide UK-wide fundraising and grant making programmes through community foundations.
We work closely with the seven community foundations in the South West of England. Our key relationships are with Cornwall Community Foundation, Devon Community Foundation, Dorset Community Foundation, Gloucestershire, Quartet and Somerset Community Foundation. For more information on Community Foundations in other parts of the country, please visit the UK Community Foundations site below.