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Today is World Refugee Day, the start of a weeklong celebration marking the contribution of refugees to the UK. Offering sanctuary to those in need of refuge is a proud British tradition and one which we should continue. But too often once refugees are in the country we don’t focus enough on how we support them and their communities, ensuring they feel welcomed and are able to make a valuable contribution. The UK Community Foundations New Beginnings Fund is designed to tackle exactly that and to encourage successful integration.
As part of Volunteers’ Week, the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP paid a visit today to South London’s Furzedown Project to volunteer his services.
The achievements of the Spirit of 2012 Trust’s Fourteen programme in Scotland was celebrated at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 2 June.
This year 'the charity for charities' South Yorkshire's Community Foundation (SYCF) is celebrating its 30th year supporting charitable organisations that help local people.
In this blog Rosemary MacDonald provides the background to the resettlement of a young Syrian family. The community foundation assisted the BBC One Show with the eight minute feature that broadcast on 23 April. Link to the programme here BBC One Show starts at 02:20 minutes.
Many sports stars want to leave legacies by setting up charitable foundations that bear their names, but the urge to do so carries risks.
Cumbria Community Foundation’s Flood Recovery Appeal has raised £10 million to help people rebuild their lives after the flooding in December 2015. The donation which took the figure through the £10 million mark was one of £400 from the Mayor of Cockermouth Julie Laidlaw.
16 May 2016
The Community Foundation for Lancashire's Flood Recovery Appeal has launched the 'Strengthening Communities Fund' designed to help community groups affected by December 2015 Floods to increase the reslience of their local community.
Philanthropy Impact Magazine publish Social investment; just one string to the philanthropic bow by Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s Chief Executive, Jayne Woodley.
Cherie Blair voiced her support for community foundations in an exclusive interview she gave to the Community Foundation for Merseyside.
The UK Community Foundations today announced that the Winter Flood Recovery Appeals have raised over £14.6 million pounds following the Government’s confirmation of pound for pound match funding.
Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, has been named as one of the top ten charity CEOs in the UK by City Wealth, a publication for private client advisers and wealth managers. The Community Foundation is the only charity outside London whose CEO has been recognised.
26 February 2016
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Simon Hayes, has awarded a new round of funding of over £40,000 to 16 small community organisations across the County. The grants have been awarded to local charities and voluntary groups within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight; whose innovative ideas aim to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood and also offer support to victims of crime, benefitting some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents in our local area.
The UK Community Foundations (UKCF) today warmly welcomed a grant of £100,000 made by Howdens Joinery Group, the UK’s leading supplier of kitchens, to its Winter Flood Recovery Appeal.
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) announced today the creation of a £525,000 New Beginnings Fund to support refugees joining UK communities
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) today welcomed Walmart Foundation’s grant of £175,000 towards its UK Winter Flood Recovery Appeal. Walmart Foundation is the charitable arm of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., parent company of Asda. The Asda and Walmart Foundations have put forward more than £675,000 to help flood recovery efforts.
25 January 2016
In 2015, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and UK Community Foundations joined forces to create ‘Your Cause, Your Way’ a scheme that gives players an option for charitable giving by setting up a fund that is managed by the player’s local community foundation. This enables footballers to swerve complex administrative requirements and more effectively give to the charities, community groups and individuals they choose to support.
15 January 2016
As Comic Relief announces a £200,000 contribution towards the UK Community Foundations Winter Flood Recovery Appeal, Chief Executive, Fabian French considers how the UKCF network responds to disasters.
UKCF and Community Foundations are working with Sport Relief to deliver £1million of grants across the UK.
In addition to £50,000 allocated before Christmas to help communities affected by flooding, Comic Relief has set aside an additional £200,000 to help thousands of people across the UK who have been badly affected by the recent flooding.
13 January 2016
As a result of the harsh storms and following public concern for the effected families and communities, the Community Foundation in Wales has re-established the Wales Flood Recovery Fund.
12 January 2016
Improving employment prospects for people living in the East End
08 January 2016
Foundation Scotland has launched a Flood Recovery Appeal to provide urgent funding for individuals and families affected by the unprecedented weather of the past few weeks.
07 January 2016
We are delighted that two of our Beacon Fellows received knighthoods in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.
The UK Community Foundations (UKCF) today announced a UK wide Winter Flood Recovery Appeal to support the regions affected by this winter’s devastating floods. There are now 28 flood warnings across England and Wales together with a further 156 flood alerts
The Government announced on 3 January 2016 match-funding of £2 million managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government for England only Storm Eva flood relief appeals.
30 December 2015
Fabian French, CEO UK Community Foundations: “It is vitally important that we do all we can to get urgent help to those whose communities have been devastated by flooding.”
23 December 2015
The European Community Foundation Initiative (ECFI) launched in January 2016 as an umbrella organisation to consolidate the loose network of community foundations active in Europe. The ECFI has been founded as a long term project with a budget of almost half a million euros for the first two years.
22 December 2015
Join Comic Relief in the New Beginnings Fund to welcome refugees into local UK communities
18 December 2015
Today, 18 December 2015, the Community Development Foundation (CDF) announced that it will cease operations from March 2016.
16 December 2015
Following the liquidation of the Hull and East Yorkshire Community Foundation (HEYCF), the UK Community Foundations (UKCF) confirmed that the HEYCF was not a member and had never applied for UKCF membership. The liquidation of HEYCF does not in any way affect the strong financial situation of the community foundations which are members of UKCF.
14 December 2015
UK Community Foundations can support your charity to help flood victims while keeping within the rules.
10 December 2015
A new charitable fund has been set up, which is asking people to donate 1 per cent of their salary to go towards good causes in Nottinghamshire.
07 December 2015
Cumbria Community Foundation has launched an appeal to help people across the county affected by today’s devastating floods.
It has kicked off its £1m appeal with a donation of £50,000 from its own funds and is asking people who can help, to give generously.
27 November 2015
Bishop Ed Condry stays on the rowing machine for over 13 hours to raise money for fuel poor pensioners in Wiltshire – but no world record.
New CEO joins Buckinghamshire Community Foundation
23 November 2015
‘Surviving Winter’ is a simple and efficient way to alleviate this genuine need. Wiltshire Community Foundation works with partner organisations such as Age UK, Aster Living, the Credit Unions, Citizens Advice and Wiltshire Good Neighbours who identify those who really need help. We give grants of £200 directly to those identified and last year we were able to support nearly 300 households.
17 November 2015
Surviving Winter Appeal provides a lifeline for elderly people who find themseves in fuel poverty.
10 November 2015
Philanthropy expert John Nickson has been co-opted to the UKCF board, along with four other new trustees
06 November 2015
Leeds Community Foundation teams up with NHS commissioners to award new health funding.
The foundation has teamed up with Burberry as part of the retailer's star-studded festive campaign, celebrating the legacy of blockbuster film Billy Elliot.
03 November 2015
Buckinghamshire town named UK's first #GivingTuesday community thanks to MK Community Foundation
30 October 2015
The team at Oxfordshire Community Foundation have been shortlisted for a prestigious local business award
Cheshire Community Foundation chief executive Helen O'Donnell had been named as an inspirational female business leader at a glittering awards ceremony
23 October 2015
New donor video explains how community foundations work - and how you can #InvestLocal with us!
09 October 2015
UKCF, which represents a network of 48 community foundations in the UK, is delighted to work with Comic Relief on a £4.5million grants programme over the next 18 months. The scheme, Local Communities, is being made available to non-profit organisations throughout the UK.
Communities across the United Kingdom and Canada launch dozens of ‘report cards’ measuring community
06 October 2015
Community foundations across throughout the UK joined foundations around the globe to release dozens of Vital Signs reports today, mobilizing the power of community knowledge and data to measure the vitality of communities.
24 September 2015
18 September 2015
Leeds Community Foundation is harnessing the power of crowdfunding to help raise funds for young carers as part of its fantastic new campaign.
15 September 2015
A dance group that helps people with mental health issues has been saved from closure thanks to a grant from Cheshire Community Foundation (CCF).
14 September 2015
South Yorkshire Community Foundation has released its 2015 impact report.
09 September 2015
Quartet Community Foundation, which serves counties across the west of England, has announced its new CEO.
Asda has teamed up with Community Foundation in Wales to direct plastic bag tax funds to community causes across Wales.
18 August 2015
The Community Foundation for Surrey is celebrating hitting a major grant-making milestone.
10 August 2015
Cheshire community foundation's chief executive Helen O'Donnell has been shortlisted for two awards celebrating inspiring female leaders.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation has received a £20,000 anonymous donation
04 August 2015
The Spirit of Kingstanding has awarded its first small grants as part of the Spirit of 2012 ‘Fourteen’ programme.
Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk community foundations are set to benefit from £85k each.
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has appointed Maeve Monaghan as its new Chairperson.
Berkshire Community Foundation has awarded a grant of £1,600 to The Electric Eels of Windsor Swimming Club.
The Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has made a founding grant of £50,000 for a college engineering centre.
Somerset Community Foundation welcomes Jane Barrie and Annie Maw.
20 July 2015
Students in Cumbria have received a professional workshop from the presigious Dante string quartet.
17 July 2015
Suffolk Community Foundation has launched two new funds aimed at supporting older people in the community.
Andrew Middleton has stepped down as chief executive of Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) after seven years.
The latest community to kick off its local community grants scheme, as part of the Fourteen legacy programme, has been revealed.
13 July 2015
Leeds Community Foundation has launched a competition for amateur photographers to raise awareness of the importance of local communities.
13 July 2015
New grants announced to help Scottish community groups in Islay and Jura.
Leeds Community Foundation has appointed four new trustees.
East End Community Foundation teams up with corporates to launch new fund
Somerset Community Foundation has formed a merger with local charity Benchmark.
08 July 2015
Wiltshire Community Foundation is calling for grant applications after re-opening its Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund.
03 July 2015
Sussex Community foundation has awarded Lancing United FC nearly £5,000 to improve its grounds.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation has released a new guide for professional advisers.
Dorset Community Foundation has named its new CEO.
Cumbria Community Foundation has taken home the top grant-making gong at this year’s prestigious Charity Awards.
18 June 2015
Nominations for next years' Queen's Award are now open, send in yours now!
UKCF president Baroness Prashar tells House of Lords about "best-kept secret" of community foundations
Community First scheme raises a massive £130m for grassroots English causes.
05 June 2015
Home Secretary Theresa May has urged people to back a “vital” new appeal by Berkshire Community Foundation.
Norfolk Community Foundation has launched a fantastic new range of guides to help professional advisers understand the landscape of charity giving.
03 June 2015
Parental support service celebrates successful start following £1,500 grant from the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation.
29 May 2015
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is helping residents get off the couch and get their running shoes on with a new £2k community grant.
28 May 2015
Schemes supporting the victims of child sexual exploitation have received £30,000 thanks to an appeal by South Yorkshire Community Foundation.
22 May 2015
Berkshire Community Foundation has launched an appeal to help fund services for local residents with physical, mental or learning disabilities.
The people of Milton Keynes have named the YMCA as their chosen local charity, now set to receive a £25,000 grant from MK Community Foundation.
“Your Cause, Your Way” helps players create their own named charitable funds, supported and administered by experts at their local community foundation.
14 May 2015
Crisis stricken families in Crewe in need of food have received a helping hand from Cheshire Community Foundation.
Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM) has been awarded a further £45k by the region’s police commissioner to help keep young people on the right side of the law.
12 May 2015
Cumbria Community Foundation has been shortlisted for a prestigious charity award for its work helping older and vulnerable people keep their independence.
05 May 2015
Milton Keynes’ community foundation is calling on residents to decide which local charity will receive a £25,000 grant later this month.
Leeds Community Foundation teams up with Yorkshire Evening Post to stamp out domestic violence in the city
Rapper Plan B and Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher were among 17 of the UK’s most innovative philanthropists celebrated at last night’s biennial Beacon Awards event.
09 April 2015
The Community Foundation in Wales is delighted to offer congratulations to Jan Gould, a Vicar based in Ely, Cardiff, who was presented with a Point of Light award in recognition of the vision, passion and commitment she has shown in establishing the charity ‘Making Music Changing Lives’.
UKCF CEO Fabian French blogs on the NCVO website about our shared aims of encouraging sustainable support for the voluntary sector
30 March 2015
We know that donating or volunteering to support your local community are their own rewards, however community foundations think it is of vital importance to properly recognise those who go above and beyond the usual in encouraging their local communities to become thriving and happy places to live.
"For those fortunate enough to have the capital and generous enough to want to give it away, choice is apparently the biggest barrier to giving: with prospective philanthropists being bamboozled by the sheer number of worthy causes and organisations."