Growing local philanthropy to change lives



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Our vision is to build a strong movement of local philanthropists, connecting them with local charitable organisations – together to ensure that every individual in Surrey has hope

The Community Foundation for Surrey, who for over 15 years has been bringing together those within the county in a position to give with the will to make a difference. We bring together local donors and those acting to provide positive solutions in our communities for local people and disadvantaged individuals.

Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. The Community Foundation for Surrey is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK.

“The seminal ‘Surrey Uncovered’ reports of 2013 and 2017 identified many pockets of genuine deprivation across our county, often hidden within towns and villages normally associated with prosperity and high living standards. There is no doubt whatsoever that social exclusion is having a devastating effect on so many members of our community who live in such desperate circumstances. The powerful reports noted that this shocking situation was being aggravated by weakness and uncertainty in the UK economy and by the drastic reductions in available sources of funding. We will be updating our research in 2020, but can already confirm that matters have worsened considerably.

But it is not all doom and gloom – the charities, not for profit organisations, faith groups and thousands of volunteers working tirelessly within our midst are truly remarkable; their scale of operation, professional, dedication and sheer numbers simply astonishing. The positive reality is that there is an enormous pool of resources available across Surrey, determined to do even more in their areas of specialism. If only there were more effective processes to both simplify access to new funding streams and to enable their efforts to be recognised and utilised for maximum impact… a perfect summary of the unique role played by the Community Foundation for Surrey.

We are fully committed and determined to address these challenges in order to provide sustainable support; to stimulate ever increasing levels of local philanthropy and to connect such donations with our talented providers of services, hope and inspiration.

Please join us! Together we can make a difference.”

Jim Glover OBE DL

Chair of Trustees

What is a Community Foundation?


Community Foundations bring together philanthropists with dynamic local organisations who need funding and other resources.

Founded in the heart of local communities, each Community Foundation is unique, identifying local needs and mobilising local resources. We work with donors, large and small, to make their gift have greatest impact. This personalised approach to philanthropy means many different kinds of donors use community foundations to manage their funds including individuals, companies, charitable trusts and government agencies.

The Community Foundation movement started in Ohio, USA in 1914 and was based on the concept of “local help for local needs.” Today there are over 1,800 independent Community Foundations in over 50 countries across the globe.

UK Community Foundations is the national network linking, promoting and supporting community foundations throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Our supporters

Since establishing in 2005 the Community Foundation for Surrey has continued to set high targets to substantially increase the level of support it is able to give to local communities across Surrey. In 2019/2020, we awarded over £2 million in grant funding across over 445 grants in Surrey, and we have high targets to grow and increase our giving throughout the county.

We would like to thank our sponsors who make our work to support communities across the county possible.

Roffe Swayne – provision of financial services as a gift in kind

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We support local charities, community and voluntary groups in Surrey whose work benefits our communities.

"Community Foundations are vital contributors to building social capital. They also play a vital role by providing a platform that enables individuals and firms to invest in their communities. They help to deliver a more inclusive capitalism, one in which individual virtue and collective prosperity can flourish."
Mark Carney, Bank of England



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