The national voice for local communities

We are the membership organisation for 47 accredited UK community foundations. We are the only national network of charitable funders with a physical presence in every part of the UK. 

th

largest funder in the UK

accredited community foundations

£m

of National Emergencies Trust funding distributed during COVID-19

£bn+

in distributed grants

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Our vision, purpose and mission

Our vision is for every community across the UK to have access to an agile community foundation focused on identifying and addressing local need. This support is provided through vibrant local philanthropy, sustainable charitable funding and local partnerships.

UKCF has a single purpose – to support the community foundations in our network and the vital work they do with grassroots organisations. Our mission is therefore to provide inspirational leadership and advocacy at a national level. We deliver training, resources and a national profile to enhance and sustain their support of local communities.

 

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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.

Two women sitting talking with one looking at the camera4Wings, supported by the Community Foundation for Merseyside
Mix of people siting and standing drinking coffeeThe Rural Coffee Caravan, supported by Suffolk Community Foundation

Strengthening communities

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.

Our network

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Sharing our data

We are publishing our data on 360Giving in our commitment to sharing transparent data. Learn more

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

Corporate partnerships

We work with businesses, locally and nationally, who want to give back to the communities they serve. Our members have a unique understanding of local needs and offer an easy, effective and transparent way for businesses to invest in their communities with maximum impact Learn more

“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

Key Partners

We are pleased to work closely with the following organisations