Publications

The following reports have been produced or commissioned by UKCF or developed in collaboration with key partners. Each gives an insight into a different aspect of our activity and helps to highlight both the wide-ranging impact and the significant potential of our activities

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Investing Inspiring Including: How community foundations are helping recovery from the pandemic

This report examines the impact of the pandemic on local Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations (VCSOs) and the communities they are based in. It looks at the practical steps that funders can take to ensure that their grant-making is responsive, effective and inclusive to local VCSOs. It also showcases some of the innovative work happening in the community foundation network.

July 05 2021

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Community Foundation Response to Coronavirus

This snapshot report looks at how community foundations responded to the coronavirus pandemic. It examines why the community foundation model made it possible to distribute thousands of emergency grants to local charities and organisations that were at the forefront of the community-led response to the pandemic.

October 22 2020

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Value and Impact of the UK Community Foundation Network

Authored by Dr Catherine Walker, The value and impact of the UK Community Foundation network looks at how the 46 accredited community foundations operate and examines how they strengthen communities across the country.

July 31 2020

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Philanthropy Advice Framework

The Philanthropy Advice Competency Framework was first produced by CASS Business School as part of the legacy of UKCF’s 2012-2014 Philanthropy Fellowship Programme. Reviewed by a steering group of Community Foundation colleagues and now on its 3rd edition, this framework supports organisations and individuals working in community philanthropy advice and leadership to develop their skills, detailing key competencies and related resources to support good practice.

September 24 2019

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Fourteen Programme Evaluation

The £3.5m programme was funded by Spirit of 2012 which saw 14 communities selected to receive funding to increase community participation and improve wellbeing as part of the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The final evaluation was produced by Wavehill.

June 05 2019

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Vital Signs and the UK Voluntary Sector

Published in 2019, Vital Signs and the UK Voluntary Sector brings together research from Community Foundations from 2013-2017, including funding data, statistics and first-hand interviews. The report was made possible by a grant from The Goldsmiths Company Charity.

January 05 2019

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Utilising inactive Charitable Trusts

This guide outlines a simple service that could see hundreds of inactive charitable funds reactivated to support communities.

It has been developed by UK Community Foundations in partnership with the Charity Commission, and is supported by the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport, the Local Government Association, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and CCLA.

August 02 2018

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Community First survey report

Rocket Science UK Ltd were commissioned by UKCF in January 2018 to carry out a survey of the 44 Community Foundations in England that participated in the Community First programme. Community First was an England-wide initiative which launched in 2011 and it closed at the end of March 2015. Community First allowed Community Foundations to offer donors a 50% uplift on their endowment donations through government match funding.

April 13 2018

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Philanthropy comes of age

Donor advised funds and trusts are becoming an increasingly popular way of giving in the UK. This joint report from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and UKCF helps community foundations unpick the terminology and increase their understanding about how they can be used, as well as looking at the potential for growth.

November 26 2017

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