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15 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 announce, that collectively across the UK 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.

Foundation Scotland has played a key role, having distributed £70M across Scotland since 1996.

From floods to fuel poverty to food banks, we support communities where they need it the most. We support the 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.

Take for example, our Stirling-wide fund, which has supported the Strathfillan Lunch Club. The Lunch club offers a nutritious hot meal to those over the age of 60 once a month throughout the winter months, as well as organising outings for members during the year.  The Club ensures that those members of the community who are isolated have the opportunity to get out, meet up and socialise with friends and enjoy a hot meal.

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.”

Giles Ruck, Chief Executive of Foundation Scotland added “We are proud to be part of this network of Community Foundations who are passionate about supporting local charities who play a vital role in building resilient communities. ”

Notes to Editors

Foundation Scotland

Foundation Scotland is trusted by over 250 individuals, families, charitable trusts, companies and public bodies. It provides cost effective and tax efficient services from light touch giving to personalised grant and loan programmes. In-depth knowledge of the charitable and community sectors ensures that client giving has the greatest value.

Foundation Scotland brings a fresh approach to philanthropy and makes the act of giving effective and rewarding. It reaches all corners of Scotland through grassroots grant making and creates high impact in specific areas through major donations, investments and capital initiatives.  

What is a Community Foundation?

Community Foundations are 46 independent charities firmly rooted in local communities. Each Community Foundation has an in-depth understanding of local need and is an expert in making grants and giving advice to small, local charities and community groups to address that need. Community Foundations have an unparalleled reach into local communities and can serve every one of the UK’s postcode.

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What is UK Community Foundations?

UK Community Foundations is the national network for all 46 accredited Community Foundations. Our vision is a society where local philanthropy is the norm, and that through Community Foundations, communities will be able to support all those in need.

Over the past decade, we’ve distributed one billion pounds through Community Foundations so we see first-hand the impact that local charities have. By investing in and supporting our charities, together we can build resilient communities which can thrive

Giving creates stronger communities – we help make places better for everyone to live, work and grow up in; and then to give back to.


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