Important Message On Coronavirus

Foundation Scotland – We are open

Reassurance on supporting communities, charities and social enterprises following the impact of Coronavirus
Foundation Scotland appreciate that the Coronavirus situation will have a big impact on communities. We know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role - providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.
We want to reassure you that we will do what we can to support communities.

We are open as usual – our staff are now are working from home - we are working differently, working digitally. Staff work travel has been suspended so we will hold our meetings online.
All contacts including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please just continue to contact our staff through these means. Our IT systems enable us to work from home with no risk to data security and ensure there is limited disruption to services.

Please continue with grant applications – however please scan and email in any supporting documents. Our offices are closed for the time being, and we cannot receive mail – so please do not post any supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner an option is to download a scanner app onto your smart phone – this uses the camera function to scan the document and convert it into a PDF for e-mail.

We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees and investees
  3. Establishing payment holidays for social enterprises supported with loans
  4. Increasing cash flow support loans to social enterprises
  5. Planning to introduce rolling deadlines for some place-based Funds for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  6. Working with other funders to pool resources
  7. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  8. Establishing a Community Resilience and Recovery Fund
  9. Giving our staff paid time to work flexibly so that they can care for loved ones and also volunteer and support activity in their local community dealing with needs arising from the Coronavirus
  10. Asking you how we can best support your community

Please do get in touch, as normal, if you have questions.

 

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UKCF Publishes Shine A Light Report

06 December 2013

HALF OF ADULTS IN SCOTLAND GIVE TO LOCAL CAUSES BUT WOULD DO MORE IF IT WERE EASIER TO DONATE TO THEIR COMMUNITY

• Being more involved in community has seen 13% in Scotland increase the amount they give to local causes in the past two years

• UK Community Foundations launches campaign to raise an additional £1 billion of new funding for local communities across the UK by 2020

According to the Shine A Light report published today by UK Community Foundations, the charitable network that distributes funds to local causes, supporting local communities is important and people want to do more. Almost 40% in Scotland say their community is important to their sense of belonging and 31% want to help others. 48% in Scotland already give money to local causes. However, over half, (50.9%) would contribute more to their local community if the process was easier and they were able to see the direct impact of their donation.

When it comes to tackling issues that affect local communities, Shine A Light found that giving locally is thought to be twice as effective as giving to national or international causes. Although local councils and government were seen to have most responsibility for the big issues that matter to a community, 17% thought it was down to ‘me and people like me’. This was over 9 times as many people who thought local business had a role to play (1.8%).

Research found that the communities people in Scotland identify themselves as belonging to include where they live 63.9% and where they work 50.3%, while 13% say it exists online with people they share hobbies with. When it comes to what people get by being a part of a community three quarters (76.3%) say it provides friendship, while just under half (47.3%) said it gives them the support they need and a sense of belonging (47.3). One in 5 (21.9%) say that being a part of a community gives them the chance to help others. 

Tom Ward, Chair of Foundation Scotland, said: “Shine A Light proves that our local communities are vital to our collective sense of wellbeing. It brings to life what we at Foundation Scotland see at first hand. Where we connect people’s support for their community with a way of giving that gets money efficiently to those in need locally then we can deliver real transformation. This is why we’re calling for people to get involved with local community foundations across the UK and help us reach our target of raising an additional £1billion of new funding for local communities across the UK by 2020.”

The Shine A Light reports reveals that people have increased their involvement in their local communities in the last two years. More than half (54%) of people say they know more people and more than a quarter (26%) say they spend more time in their community than they did two years ago. Two in five (39%) say they spend more money locally while a quarter (26%) give more time and 14% more money. 

UK Community Foundations is the membership organisation for the 48 independent community foundations that work across the UK to raise then distribute money directly to local causes.  Last year, community foundations made over 20,000 grants, distributing over £62 million to local causes. 

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For further information, an interview or case studies including organisations helped across the UK call Rachel Finlay or Rhys Phillips Teamspirit Public Relations ukcf@teamspiritpr.com 020 7360 7877 or contact Jan Torrance or Jacqui Morris at Foundation Scotland on 0141 341 4960.


Methodology
*Research based on an online representative survey of 2500 UK adults, aged 16 and over conducted by Watermelon during November 2013.

Notes to editors
UKCF is the membership organisation for the 48 independent community foundations that work across the UK to raise then distribute money directly to local causes. We operate to ensure any form of philanthropy, whether from an individual or an organisation, is effective and brings greatest benefit to those in need in our local communities. This is within a model that is quality accredited to standards endorsed by the Charity Commission. Last year, community foundations made over 20,000 grants, distributing over £62 million to local causes.

Community foundations are focused on reaching those most in need in communities across the UK. This includes raising then distributing money for causes that address social issues across fairness and social justice, healthy living, homelessness, young people, education, the environment, the arts, culture and heritage. Our network of community foundations covers all of the UK. To find the organisation nearest to you, go to http://ukcommunityfoundations.org/community_foundations/map/ or contact UK Community Foundations on 020 7713 9326

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