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 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

    A local business is seeking a volunteering opportunity
    HCF is delighted to be working with a local business which is seeking a volunteering opportunity for its senior leadership team. .
    Nominations open for Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2021
    Do you know any group who are exceptional and should be put forward for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS)?.
    Delivering better futures with Made By Sport - ‘Clubs In Crisis’ fund launches
    We’re pleased to have teamed up with Made By Sport to offer local sports clubs and organisations the opportunity to apply for a grant which can help support young people as they start to recover from the effects of the latest lockdown. .
    Grants to run activities for Hertfordshire school children this Easter
    The Easter holidays are looking brighter for disadvantaged children and young people in Hertfordshire thanks to an exciting partnership. Hertfordshire County Council has joined forces with Herts Sports Partnership and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation to deliver healthy food and activities over the holidays.