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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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