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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.
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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02 December 2016
Essex Community Foundation (ECF) has appointed Paul Hill as its new Head of Grants and Programmes. Paul will be responsible for grants and programmes at ECF.
28 November 2016
Community Foundations launch their appeals to help support those most vulnerable during the winter months.
21 November 2016
A £50 million investment as part of the #iwill campaign, coordinated by Step Up To Serve, has been launched today to help increase the number of young people taking part in social action.
Devon Community Foundation is establishing a fund as a response to the fire which ravaged the historic Royal Clarence hotel. The fund will be in partnership with Exeter City Council.
The Community Foundation hosted a night of celebration to mark 30 years of local giving, hosted by the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire.
19 October 2016
The Beacon Awards, celebrating the best of the UK's philanthropists, launched today. Nominations can be made via the Beacon website.
Round 2 of the New Beginnings Fund is now open for applications. Grants will be awarded to projects which welcome refugees and asylum seekers into the UK.
06 October 2016
The Community Foundation’s 15th anniversary was marked with an Annual Awards evening to celebrate charitable giving.
04 October 2016
Research into areas across the UK show that communities within wealthier counties are hit hard by austerity and government cuts.
03 October 2016
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.
23 September 2016
Gatwick Airport has launched a £300,000 community fund with Kent Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Surrey, and Sussex Community Foundation. The fund will award grants to various local projects.
19 September 2016
The Community Fund will support communities affected by the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.
16 September 2016
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.
15 September 2016
The Foundation beat off fierce competition to win best Fundraising Campaign for the Calderdale Flood Fund at the Third Sector Awards last night.
15 September 2016
The event, called Leeds Leads: Healthy Minds for a Thriving City, is a lecture for business leaders, and will discuss mental health-related matters.
14 September 2016
Devon Community Foundation marked the event with a night of celebration on Saturday 10th September at Exeter Cathedral.
12 September 2016
The week-long campaign aims to raise public awareness of the importance of remembering a charity in their will.
08 September 2016
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.
The 'Winter Floods appeal and fund 2016' report, published today, reveals the extent of community engagement and partnerships as a response to the winter floods which devastated parts of the UK in 2016.
07 September 2016
Applications are now open for ‘A Life Less Lonely’, a fund to help combat the impacts of loneliness and isolation within Berkshire.
06 September 2016
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.
05 September 2016
The New Beginnings fund will support groups which work to integrate refugees into the wider community.
02 September 2016
The Chief Executive and Vice Chair of Northamptonshire Community Foundation have been made Deputy Lieutenants of Northamptonshire.
02 September 2016
One Community launches a community fund to turn ideas into projects aimed to help local communities across Kirklees.
23 August 2016
Funding from Community Foundations brings success to Team GB athletes in the Rio Olympics - including bronze medal winning gymnast Amy Tinkler.
10 August 2016
Andy will take responsibility for UKCF's operations and oversee the development and delivery of UK-wide programmes.
UKCF's Patron, Trustees and staff are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our Honorary Vice President, the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor.
It is not an easy time for small and local charities at the moment and as Chief Executive of two community foundations, Cathy Elliott is well paced to reflect on the proceedings of the two July Cabinet Office Round-tables she attended.
27 July 2016
Two community foundations – the East End Community Foundation and Calderdale Community Foundation – have been shortlisted for the Charity Times Awards
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
06 July 2016
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.
Today is World Refugee Day, the start of a weeklong celebration marking the contribution of refugees to the UK.
As part of Volunteers’ Week, the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, paid a visit today to South London’s Furzedown Project to volunteer his services.
The achievements of the Spirit of 2012 Trust’s Fourteen programme in Scotland was celebrated at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 2 June.
This year 'the charity for charities' South Yorkshire's Community Foundation (SYCF) is celebrating its 30th year supporting charitable organisations that help local people.
Rosemary MacDonald blogs about resettling young Syrian families in Wiltshire. The community foundation assisted the BBC One Show with an eight minute feature that broadcast on 23 April. You can watch the show here; the feature starts at 02:20 minutes.
Many sports stars want to leave legacies by setting up charitable foundations that bear their names, but the urge to do so carries risks.
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.
16 May 2016
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.
Jayne Woodley, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Community Foundation, writes about social investment in Philanthopy Impact.
Cherie Blair voiced her support for community foundations in an exclusive interview she gave to the Community Foundation for Merseyside.
The UK Community Foundations today announced that the Winter Flood Recovery Appeals have raised over £14.6 million pounds following the Government’s confirmation of pound for pound match funding.
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.
26 February 2016
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.
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) today warmly welcomed a grant of £100,000 made by Howdens Joinery Group, the UK’s leading supplier of kitchens, to its Winter Flood Recovery Appeal.
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) announced today the creation of a £525,000 New Beginnings Fund to support refugees joining UK communities
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) today welcomed Walmart Foundation’s grant of £175,000 towards its UK Winter Flood Recovery Appeal.
25 January 2016
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.
15 January 2016
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.
UKCF and Community Foundations are working with Sport Relief to deliver £1 million of grants across the UK.
In addition to £50,000 allocated before Christmas to help communities affected by flooding, Comic Relief has set aside an additional £200,000 to help thousands of people across the UK who have been badly affected by the recent flooding.
13 January 2016
As a result of the harsh storms and following public concern for the affected families and communities, the Community Foundation in Wales has re-established the Wales Flood Recovery Fund.
12 January 2016
Improving employment prospects for people living in the East End.
08 January 2016
Foundation Scotland has launched a Flood Recovery Appeal to provide urgent funding for individuals and families affected by the unprecedented weather of the past few weeks.
07 January 2016
We are delighted that two of our Beacon Fellows received knighthoods in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) today announced a UK wide Winter Flood Recovery Appeal to support the regions affected by this winter's devastating floods. There are now 28 flood warnings across England and Wales together with a further 156 flood alerts.
The Government announced on 3 January 2016 match-funding of £2 million managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government for England only Storm Eva flood relief appeals.
30 December 2015
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.”
23 December 2015
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.
22 December 2015
Join Comic Relief in the New Beginnings Fund to welcome refugees into local UK communities
18 December 2015
Today, 18 December 2015, the Community Development Foundation (CDF) announced that it will cease operations from March 2016.
16 December 2015
Following the liquidation of the Hull and East Yorkshire Community Foundation (HEYCF), the UK Community Foundations (UKCF) confirmed that the HEYCF was not a member and had never applied for UKCF membership. The liquidation of HEYCF does not in any way affect the strong financial situation of the community foundations which are members of UKCF.
14 December 2015
UK Community Foundations can support your charity to help flood victims while keeping within the rules.
10 December 2015
A new charitable fund has been set up, which is asking people to donate 1 per cent of their salary to go towards good causes in Nottinghamshire.
07 December 2015
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.
27 November 2015
Bishop Ed Condry stays on the rowing machine for over 13 hours to raise money for fuel poor pensioners in Wiltshire – but no world record.
New CEO joins Buckinghamshire Community Foundation
23 November 2015
‘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.
17 November 2015
Surviving Winter Appeal provides a lifeline for elderly people who find themseves in fuel poverty.
10 November 2015
Philanthropy expert John Nickson has been co-opted to the UKCF board, along with four other new trustees
06 November 2015
Leeds Community Foundation teams up with NHS commissioners to award new health funding.
The foundation has teamed up with Burberry as part of the retailer's star-studded festive campaign, celebrating the legacy of blockbuster film Billy Elliot.
03 November 2015
Buckinghamshire town named UK's first #GivingTuesday community thanks to MK Community Foundation
30 October 2015
The team at Oxfordshire Community Foundation have been shortlisted for a prestigious local business award
Cheshire Community Foundation chief executive Helen O'Donnell had been named as an inspirational female business leader at a glittering awards ceremony
23 October 2015
New donor video explains how community foundations work - and how you can #InvestLocal with us!
09 October 2015
UKCF, which represents a network of 48 community foundations in the UK, is delighted to work with Comic Relief on a £4.5million grants programme over the next 18 months. The scheme, Local Communities, is being made available to non-profit organisations throughout the UK.
Communities across the United Kingdom and Canada launch dozens of ‘report cards’ measuring community
06 October 2015
Community foundations across throughout the UK joined foundations around the globe to release dozens of Vital Signs reports today, mobilizing the power of community knowledge and data to measure the vitality of communities.
24 September 2015
18 September 2015
Leeds Community Foundation is harnessing the power of crowdfunding to help raise funds for young carers as part of its fantastic new campaign.
15 September 2015
A dance group that helps people with mental health issues has been saved from closure thanks to a grant from Cheshire Community Foundation (CCF).
14 September 2015
South Yorkshire Community Foundation has released its 2015 impact report.
09 September 2015
Quartet Community Foundation, which serves counties across the west of England, has announced its new CEO.
Asda has teamed up with Community Foundation in Wales to direct plastic bag tax funds to community causes across Wales.
18 August 2015
The Community Foundation for Surrey is celebrating hitting a major grant-making milestone.
10 August 2015
Cheshire community foundation's chief executive Helen O'Donnell has been shortlisted for two awards celebrating inspiring female leaders.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation has received a £20,000 anonymous donation
04 August 2015
The Spirit of Kingstanding has awarded its first small grants as part of the Spirit of 2012 ‘Fourteen’ programme.
Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk community foundations are set to benefit from £85k each.
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has appointed Maeve Monaghan as its new Chairperson.
Berkshire Community Foundation has awarded a grant of £1,600 to The Electric Eels of Windsor Swimming Club.
The Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has made a founding grant of £50,000 for a college engineering centre.
Somerset Community Foundation welcomes Jane Barrie and Annie Maw.
20 July 2015
Students in Cumbria have received a professional workshop from the presigious Dante string quartet.
17 July 2015
Suffolk Community Foundation has launched two new funds aimed at supporting older people in the community.
Andrew Middleton has stepped down as chief executive of Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) after seven years.
The latest community to kick off its local community grants scheme, as part of the Fourteen legacy programme, has been revealed.
13 July 2015
Leeds Community Foundation has launched a competition for amateur photographers to raise awareness of the importance of local communities.
13 July 2015
New grants announced to help Scottish community groups in Islay and Jura.
Leeds Community Foundation has appointed four new trustees.