Services to you that support local communities
Many people and organisations would like to respond to different needs in their local community, but don't always have the time or expertise to do this. We offer simple services that mean savings in time, money and effort on your part.
Without specialist knowledge it can be difficult to find out about the many local charities and voluntary groups doing worthwhile work in the area. It is also hard to know if your charitable giving is reaching the most deserving causes and being put to the best use.
Research into the community and its needs enables the Community Foundation to be at the leading edge of grant-making in the area. By donating to the Community Foundation you are donating to your local community and can be assured that your money will be directed to the areas of need. If you are curious about the need for grant funding, check out this report Sustaining Grants, which explains why grant funding is vital for healthy and thriving communities.
Please see the links at the side for our range of ways to join the Community Foundation in making a difference to local communities. For companies, see our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) section below which explores what CSR is and what benefits it can bring to you. All of our services can be tailored to fit your individual needs. To make an immediate donation to any of our funds please see the Tax Benefits page or get in touch. Make a difference that lasts into the future.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, is a growing agenda for all businesses. The CBI defines it as "the acknowledgement by companies that they should be accountable not only for their financial performance, but for the impact of their activities on society and/or the environment." This is all very well but there are big questions for you - how do you do it? Are there any benefits to your company? Will it cost anything?
We work with companies to connect them with their community. We constantly research both the community and business sectors, some of the fruits of which may help you:
Check out our summary Why CSR and why choose the Community Foundation which highlights the benefits to your company of working with us.
Access the MORI report on Reputation and Corporate Responsibility.
Have a look at csr.gov.uk, the government's website, which contains best practice case studies from some of the UK's leading companies.