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

    Coronavirus Relief Fund survey results have been published
    We are really grateful to all 222 organisations that responded to our recent online survey. We’d also like to thank the 14 local organisations working across a range of needs that were interviewed by video conferencing or phone as part of our research.
    Crowdfund Hertfordshire webpage launched to help local charities and businesses
    A new Hertfordshire wide crowdfunding platform went live this week giving local groups and organisations an opportunity to secure funds through crowdfunding. The site has been established by Hertfordshire County Council and will be managed by Hertfordshire Community Foundation.
    NEW: Good Governance online training for senior leadership
    Our new webinar series has been developed to support the Hertfordshire voluntary sector to ensure good governance during COVID-19 and beyond. .
    Please complete our coronavirus impact survey
    HCF is committed to continuing to support Hertfordshire’s local voluntary sector organisations helping those most affected by the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak. .