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UKCF and Community Foundations working with Sport Relief to deliver £1million of grants across the UK.  Read more


UKCF announces New Beginnings Fund to support refugees in seven areas across the UK with high numbers of refugees and asylum seekers.  Read more



Former Director of fundraising at Marie Curie Cancer Care, Fabian French appointed Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations effective March 2015. Read more


UK Community Foundations strengthens its Board with key appointments of Stephen Parsons MBE, Sonal Shah and Alun Evans. Read more


UKCF organises Beacon Awards 2015 for UK’s most innovative givers.  Collectively, the 17 Beacon Fellows donated over £300 million to philanthropic cause across a mix of local and global organisations, large institutions and grassroots charities. Read more


UKCF teams up with the Professional Footballers’ Association to encourage player giving.  Your Cause, Your Way helps players to create their own named charitable fund, supported and administered by experts at their local community foundation.Read more


UKCF biennial conference of more than 300 charity executives from around the world is held in Belfast.  Speakers include England rugby legend Sir Clive Woodward, US communities’ expert, Paul Schmitz and Big Lottery Chief Executive, Dawn Austwick. Read more


UKCF awarded £4.5 million grant from Comic Relief programme over 18 months to fund the 48 community foundations Local Community programme in their areas. Read more


UKCF appoints John Nickson, Trevor James, Jane Moss, Colin Seccombe and Laura Keen as new trustees at its AGC.  Read more


UKCF Winter Flood Relief campaign announced to raise funds for families and communities affected by flooding. Read more



Giving Tuesday marks £110m raised through the Community First endowment match challenge. Read more.

UKCF is chosen as the lead partner on the Fourteen Programme. Spirit of 2012, a new charity established by Big Lottery Fund, is investing £3.5m in 14 communities around the UK, inspired by Glasgow 2014. Spirit has partnered with UK Community Foundations to deliver long-lasting social change in communities in these areas.
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More than £3million raised through UKCF and community foundations around the UK to aid recovery in flood affected areas. Read more.

UK community foundations’ Surviving Winter campaign 2013-2014 raised a record high of over £1.45 million which was been distributed to help 23,045 elderly and vulnerable people across the UK. Money was raised by local community foundations and UKCF. Read more.


CFN becomes UK Community Foundations (UKCF).

After ten years, Fair Share Trust comes to a successful end, having distributed £51.5M in grants to 80+ communities across the UK, involving more than 300,000 local people and leveraging £25M in additional funding. Read more.


Together with Somerset Community Foundation, we win a Charity Award for the Surviving Winter campaign. Read more


Surviving Winter Appeal launched, the first time community foundations have run a UK-wide campaign.  Over £2.5 million raised to help more than 20,000 vulnerable people throughout the winter. Read more

CFN and the London Evening Standard win awards for the Dispossessed Campaign. Read more.


Community First launched - an England-wide initative that provided a unique opportunity to make donations go further by offering a 50% match funding from the government.  Community First closed in March 2015 -  Read more

2010 is launched. Aimed at creating an online presence for small, local charities, is a social enterprise owned equally by CFN and the Ardbrack Foundation. Read more.

Jimi Heselden OBE, the single largest donor to any of the community foundations across the UK, dies in a tragic accident. Read more

Jimi Heselden, following on from his original donation in 2008, makes two further donations bringing his total contribution to the Hesco Bastion Fund with Leeds Community Foundation to £23 million.  


Our Manifesto for Philanthropy is published. Community foundations are appointed to manage Comic Relief funds. CFN takes over management of the Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust, an award scheme to encourage and reward philanthropic giving. Read more


45 community foundations in England are selected as Local Funders in the Government's Grassroots Grants programme, which comprises an £80 million small grants fund, plus a £50 million endowment challenge. Read more


Community foundations cited as effective funders in the Government's Third Sector Review. Read more.


With members, CFN establishes a quality accreditation scheme for community foundations, with standards endorsed by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Read more [pdf].

CFN becomes a strategic partner of the Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office.


The network starts to work in partnership with Coutts & Co. and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation on Time for Growth. This endowment challenge programme is completed by ten community foundations, raising £19.5 million from an original £1 million investment. Read more.


At least 35 foundations manage Local Network Funds. Community foundations start to work with Comic Relief to distribute Sport Relief funds across the UK.


CFN is chosen to manage the Fair Share Trust programme, a £50 million investment from the Big Lottery Fund to be spent by 2013 in disadvantaged areas of the UK that had not received their 'fair share' of lottery money.


CFN and the network are chosen by Government to deliver the Local Network Fund, part of a strategy to eliminate child poverty. CFN marks ten years of funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to support the development of community foundations in the UK.


Community Foundation Network (CFN) established as the national association for UK community foundations. The CAF-Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Endowment Challenge is successfully completed, demonstrating community foundation fund development is feasible in the UK with £6 million raised.


Six UK community foundations are seed funded by the Charities Aid Foundation and central government.


UK's first community foundation - Swindon - is founded. It later merged with the Wiltshire Community Trust to form the present Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon.


The world's first community foundation was established in Cleveland, Ohio, USA in 1914.


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