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This year...


'Foundations for the future:

Investing in communities'

  • How can we catalyse community philanthropy?
  • How can we re-imagine grant making?
  • What does the future hold for community investment?

Join us and others from around the world in Harrogate, England, from Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th October 2024 to explore these questions and many more at our ‘Foundations for the future: Investing in communities’ conference.

This year, our fantastic speakers, panels and attendees will delve into philanthropy and government, future thinking and social innovation, public interest news, upstreaming funding, re-imagined grant making, the future of Vital Signs, strategic philanthropy, the future of work, and much more.

We can't wait to share the full programme with you later in the summer.

Book your Early Bird discounted tickets here!




Past UKCF events



Together 23

'Philanthropy Forward: Navigating the Future'

In past centuries and in the present day, community-led groups and charities have been instrumental in improving human rights, rooting out systemic inequalities and acting on emerging threats like climate change. This progress has been driven by the hard work and commitment of individuals and their communities, and shows what can be achieved through determined civil action.

Together 23 explored where we are, where we need to be and how we can navigate the path of philanthropy to collectively tackle systemic inequality.

The virtual bi-annual conference, spread over two days in October 2023, included insights from philanthropists, external experts and voices from the UKCF network. Over 500 UKCF members and colleagues of organisations from civil society attended.

Read our delegate blogs






'Foundations for the Future: Acting now to shape tomorrow'

UKCF's 2022 conference 'Foundations for the future: Acting now to shape tomorrow' was the first in-person membership network conference since the Covid pandemic. The three-day event took place at the Kimpton Hotel in Manchester, supported by CCLA Investment, Rathbones, EdenTree, Investec and Alliance Magazine.

Delegates from the UK and around the world attended, enjoying a fantastic line-up of speakers.

Topics included:

→ How communities will change in the next decade

→ Community foundations' roles in climate action

→ The challenges of digital and AI

→ Radically different models in grant making

→ Future thinking at the heart of what we do

International guests from foundations around the world were able to attend thanks to scholarship support from the Mott Foundation.

Read our delegate blogs

Many international delegates were able to attend UKCF's Conference 22





Together 21

'Towards Equitable and Inclusive Communities'

Over 400 delegates attended the three-day online conference, open to all UKCF network members, that explored Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

Speakers and experts joined the virtual platform for a range of engaging sessions that covered:

→ Understanding the complexities of our communities

→ The importance of the 'S' in ESG

→ Damages caused by the power imbalance of funding

→ Putting EDI at the heart of our strategic communications

→ Being a diverse and inclusive community foundation network

Learn more about the event

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