largest funder in the UK
accredited community foundations
of National Emergencies Trust funding distributed during COVID-19
in distributed grants
Our vision, purpose and mission
UKCF's vision is for every community across the UK to have access to an agile community foundation focused on identifying local need and helping communities to thrive.
This support is provided through vibrant local philanthropy, sustainable charitable funding and local partnerships.
At UKCF, we support the community foundations network and the vital work they do with grassroots organisations.
Our mission is to provide inspirational leadership and advocacy at a national level. We deliver training, resources and a national profile to enhance and sustain the support of local communities.
We also work with partners to distribute large national programmes that can filter through multiple community foundations at a time, delivering widescale philanthropy at a local level.
What is a community foundation?
A community foundation connects philanthropic people with local causes that matter to them. It’s a charitable organisation focused on supporting a defined geographical area by building endowments and generating funds to support community needs and local organisations making a difference.
Community foundations offer a variety of grant-making programmes funded by donations from individuals, families, businesses as well as grants from local authorities and the Government.
Place-based funding is the common thread that unites our 47 community foundations. Our members are embedded in their place, understand the challenges their diverse communities face and work tirelessly for better opportunities for all.
They pursue long-term change for their communities by identifying the local context, collaborating with others, applying multiple interventions, and constantly learning from and adapting to new circumstances.
Community foundations are there for communities in times of disaster. Learn more
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Transfer your trust
UK Community Foundations is working in partnership with the Charity Commission for England and Wales to enable this to happen and support trustees throughout the whole process. Learn more
Community foundation appeals are providing lifelines this winter
January 25 2023
Food banks, wellbeing services, volunteer helplines, advisory groups, and other small charities and organisations have already seen a dramatic rise in need this year, and community foundations are working hard to support them through regional appeals.
“With the help of organisations like UK Community Foundations, money is getting out of the door to where it’s needed the most. Funds have helped existing charities transform their services so that they can keep providing support in the most challenging conditions.”
Baroness Diana Barran, former Minister for Civil Society
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