TOGETHER WE CAN

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Transforming people's generosity into stronger local communities

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) is an independent charity that aims to encourage local philanthropy, the giving of time, resources or both by local people to help support their local communities.
Hertfordshire is a county of contrasts. It is often perceived to be a prosperous county with a vibrant local economy. However, if you dig a little deeper you will find pockets of disadvantage in every district. We seek to address this deprivation by bringing together local people who care with local causes that matter. We help find funding for local charitable and voluntary groups that do not attract mass public support.

The strength of our communities affects all aspects of our life from our health and wellbeing to our local economy and environment. We believe that communities are powerful sources of friendship, support and a sense of belonging. Our endeavour is to foster a strong sense of community and joint responsibility to create sustainable ways to solve local issues through local investment.

Since inception in 1988, we have awarded over £12 million in support to local communities. The Foundation currently manages over 100 funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and other organisations. During 2016/2017 we awarded £467,682 in direct grant aid to charitable projects working to tackle identified need in Hertfordshire.

We provide:
  • philanthropy advice and giving options for individuals, families, businesses and charities
  • funding and other support for groups and individuals
  • leadership on vital issues in our communities

    Click here to read more about our funds and our impact.

    Brief History:

    We are one of 46 community foundations in the UK, and over 1,800 similar foundations around the world. Community foundations collaborate with private philanthropists, family trusts, businesses and the public sector to provide a permanent, flexible and growing source of local charitable funding.

    For the past 30 years, Hertfordshire Community Foundation has offered a professional, flexible service to assist donors, whether individuals, companies or trusts as well as public authorities and agencies, to achieve their charitable giving objectives, whatever the area of interest or level of giving.
  • Catch up with our latest news

    Inspiring Herts Awards 2019
    HCF is honoured to be selected by the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce as one of the Chairman’s Charities for this years 'Inspiring Hertfordshire' Awards. .
    Eight Hertfordshire women and girls projects share in £3.4 million of national funding
    Hertfordshire projects working with some of society’s most vulnerable women and girls have received a much-needed funding boost.
    Announcement of the Building Effectiveness participants for 2019
    We are delighted to announce the 10 high potential organisations who will be participating in this tailored, supported development programme.
    Surplus food bringing communities together
    A £5,000 grant is helping Gratitude to combine surplus food, volunteers and the community to create weekly cooking clubs. Feeding not only people but encouraging healthy eating habits and social interaction.