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 £13 million in support to local communities. HCF currently manages over 100 funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and other organisations. During 2018/2019 we awarded over £1, million 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

    Appeal launches to help save local lives this winter
    We are raising vital funds to help local residents who are suffering at this time of crisis.
    Hertfordshire Trustee Conference & Trustees Week
    We are delighted to once again be partnering with #TeamHerts Volunteering to deliver the second Annual Hertfordshire Trustee Conference, this year held online. Followed by a week of practical online workshops & discussion forums to celebrate Trustee Week 2020.
    £100 for projects making a difference in Hertfordshire
    To be in with a chance of winning £100 towards your own crowdfunding campaign, tell us how your project or organisation is making a difference to communities in Hertfordshire. .
    Wildlife photo exhibition launches in aid of HCF
    On Tuesday 22 September an online photography exhibition, Herts in Focus, will officially launch. Featuring 60 photographs, the exhibition is in aid of HCF and is a celebration of our county’s beautiful wildlife..