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Community Foundations Network

About UKCF

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 46 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

A £10,000 charity fund, set up by law firm B P Collins, is now open for nominations to support local charities and community projects. The fund will be managed by Heart of Bucks, Buckinghamshire Community Foundation.

UK Community Foundations is partnering with advertising agency M&C Saatchi to deliver over £800,000 in grants as the first part of a major Home Office initiative to counter extremism.

The gala event, organised by Suffolk Community Foundation, will feature dancers from The Royal Ballet. The star-studded line-up also includes ballet star Gary Avis, and Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke.

In light of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's report on poverty in the UK, UKCF believes philanthropy can support community groups to lift people out of poverty.

Funding from Community Foundations brings success to Team GB athletes in the Rio Olympics - including bronze medal winning gymnast Amy Tinkler.

Fourteen – a continuing legacy

22 July 2016

To coincide with the two-year anniversary of the Glasgow Games, a snapshot of some of the highlights from the Fourteen projects has been produced, taking a look at the variety of activity happening in those communities. The newsletter celebrates the achievements of communities across the UK from Belfast to Bristol, Caithness to Anglesey, to read click Fourteen 

Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey, and Julia Upton, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Community Foundation have been awarded MBEs in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Cumbria Community Foundation’s Flood Recovery Appeal has raised £10 million to help people rebuild their lives after the flooding in December 2015. A £400 donation from Julie Laidlaw, the Mayor of Cockermouth, pushed the total over the £10 million mark.

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 resilience 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.

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.

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.


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