Hertfordshire Matters

Our Needs Analysis for Hertfordshire Communities

In 2016 Hertfordshire Community Foundation published Hertfordshire Matters, our needs analysis that indicates the health and vitality of the county across broad themes and helped to identify significant trends and issues that are affecting our communities.
The report was produced in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire and the Hertfordshire County Council Community Information and Intelligence Unit.

The research is helping us to:

  • Identify priorities for grant making

  • Inform our donors and inspire local philanthropy

  • It is also a useful tool for groups making evidenced-based funding applications.

    The full report is over 100 pages long . There is an accompanying Highlights report which includes feedback from the community survey which you may have taken part in.

    Hertfordshire Matters: Full 2016 Report
    Hertfordshire Matters: Highlights Report 2016
    Results of the Hertfordshire Matters survey

    Strong Communities Interim Report
    We published Strong Communities earlier this year - our first interim report. It contains data, feedback from our communities, links to further information and snapshots of some of our current activities which are helping to improve community cohesion in Hertfordshire. This forms part of our commitment to understand the needs, challenges and opportunities in our county and we will be publishing themed reports each year.

    Our ongoing research and learning provides us with the resources to support our quest to make sure that our grant making is as effective as possible and that the money is going where it is needed most.

    Strong Communities
    2017 report Strong Communities

    Please read, share and discuss these reports and let us know what you think!

    To keep up to date with Hertfordshire community data from the HCC Community Intelligence team: go to Herts Insight.

Catch up with our latest news

Give where you live this Christmas
Hertfordshire Community Foundation is appealing to local residents in the county to donate £5 or more to help some of the most vulnerable children and families in their communities. .
HCF launches its Love Herts Christmas appeal
Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) is inviting local residents to join forces and help those in need this Christmas. .
£5000 grant is music to the ears of those living with dementia in Watford
November, 2017A charitable organisation called Music24 has recently received a £5,000 grant from Hertfordshire Community Foundation to help fund fortnightly music therapy sessions for those living with dementia and their carers in the Watford area. .
Building Effectiveness 2018
November 2017We are looking for 10 high potential organisations to benefit from a tailored, supported development programme. .