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UKCF teams up with Comic Relief to award £4.5m to local communities

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Community Foundations Network

We help individuals, families, entrepreneurs, companies, charitable trusts and public sector bodies connect with, support and invest in their local communities right across the UK.
What is a community foundation?

A community foundation is a vehicle for charitable giving. Community foundations work with individuals, families and companies to design bespoke grant making strategies that target particular issues or focus on particular geographical areas. There are 48 accredited community foundations in the UK.

What is UKCF?

UKCF is the umbrella organisation for all community foundations.  We quality accredit our member community foundations to standards endorsed by the Charity Commission and provide advice and support. We also provide philanthropic advice to donors and work to deliver UK-wide fundraising and grant making programmes through community foundations.

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Latest News

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.

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.



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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.  

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.

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.”

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.



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.

‘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.

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’. 

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.


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