Thanks a billion!

18th December 2017

Community Foundations hit the one-billion-pound mark

Local charities make up the lifeblood of our communities. They make a daily difference to millions of people. That’s why Community Foundations are proud to have announced, on Local Charities Day, Friday 15th December 2017, that collectively we have distributed ONE BILLION POUNDS to local charities.

This milestone shows the impact that Community Foundations have had on local communities. In the last year alone we distributed £77million in grants and 4.7million people were impacted by our work.

From floods to fuel, poverty to food banks, we support communities where they need it the most. We reach every postcode in the UK and this reach means that we support the very smallest charities and community groups, who often go unnoticed by many. But it’s these charities that are a lifeline for so many people and desperately need our support

Community Foundations support anyone that needs help. Be it providing funding for a school breakfast club so that local children can have at least one hot meal a day or giving a grant to an organisation that supports young people into training or employment, Community Foundations are there to help.

Peter Aldous, MP of Waveney, Suffolk, asked Theresa May at PMQs last Wednesday to recognise the important work which community foundations carry out across the UK. The Prime Minister committed to investigating better use of dormant assets:

Fabian French, Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations, said:

At UK Community Foundations we’re proud to work with incredible local charities day in day out. We understand the needs of the communities we work in and direct grants to causes that will meet that need and will make the biggest difference. That’s why we passionately support Local Charities Day and why Community Foundations are what the Chair of the Charity Commission says ‘exactly what charities should be’.

Support your local Community Foundation and help us reach two billion pounds so we can continue to support local communities.