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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
    2017 report Strong Communities

    Learning Disabilities Report

    Strong Communities



    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 understanding the needs, challenges and opportunities in our county and we will be publishing themed reports each year.

    Learning Disabilities



    We wanted to find out more about the needs of those with learning disabilities in the county, and in particular how HCF can best support the groups who help to meet them. 'Learning Disabilities' was published at the end of June 2018. Thank you to all those who completed our survey. Congratulations to Supported Activities Programme who won the prize draw!

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



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


    To keep up to date with Hertfordshire community data click here for access to HCC Community Intelligence team.


    Public Health Profiles

    Keep up to date with public health 'snapshots' in your area, updated each year with key statistics

Catch up with our latest news

Going the distance for HCF
Congratulations and thank you to the team from Rathbones Investment Management who tackled the Royal Parks Half Marathon 2018 to raise money for HCF.
Building Effectiveness 2019 launches
HCF is looking for up to 10 organisations who would benefit from free strategic advice and mentoring.
High Sheriff Awards 2019 - open for nominations
Nominations are invited from community groups and voluntary organisations working in social justice, youth related crime prevention and / youth projects.
Penny Williams steps down as trustee
Penny Williams JP DL has recently stepped down after serving a full term of 9 years on the HCF Board.