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 £15 million in support to local communities. HCF currently manages over 100 funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and other organisations. During 2020/2021 we awarded over £2million in direct grant aid to charitable projects working to help the most vulnerable residents of 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 47 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

    Webinar for Community Opportunities and Day Activities grants
    We are pleased to invite interested parties to join an informative webinar to learn more about the restarting of this programme. .
    HAPpy: Hertfordshire’s Holiday Activity Programme Christmas launch
    This Christmas, Hertfordshire County Council, Herts Sports Partnership and Hertfordshire Community Foundation will once again join forces to deliver healthy food alongside physical and enrichment activities, under the name ‘HAPpy: Hertfordshire’s Holiday Activity Programme’. HAPpy aims to tackle the triple inequalities of holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation.
    Please help up to understand the need in Hertfordshire in 2021
    In May 2020 HCF conducted a survey to better understand the impact of Covid-19 on the local sector and to help HCF to shape our grant making and training and development in response to the pandemic. .
    Save the date: Nominations open for the High Sheriff Awards on 12 August 2021
    The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Lionel Wallace DL, is inviting the people of Hertfordshire to save the date of Thursday, 12 August 2021. .