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HCF's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

Hertfordshire Community Foundation believes in the inherent worth of each individual and the right of all individuals to participate in society and to achieve full potential. We recognise that British society is diverse in race, culture, beliefs and lifestyles. This diversity enriches our community.
We recognise, however, that certain groups and individuals face direct or indirect discrimination because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, age, class, disability, (political) or religious beliefs or other factors. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

We are committed to opposing all forms of discrimination and to working with and in support of people whose full participation in society is limited by lack of opportunity through discrimination or prejudice or from economic and/or social disadvantage.

The Foundation is an equal opportunities employer. All job applicants and employees have a right to equal opportunities in employment. We aim to ensure that all volunteers have the same rights. The intention is to ensure no applicant, employee, Trustee or volunteer is placed at a disadvantage as a result of discrimination.

The Foundation is committed to making this policy effective in all spheres of its work and structure and, in particular, to taking appropriate action in areas of employment and voluntary work, management & governance, membership, grant making and service delivery. In order to achieve this we will:

  • Ensure that all our physical spaces, communications and events are accessible to individuals with disabilities, fostering an inclusive environment for everyone.

  • Work in partnership with other organisations and stakeholders to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity within our community, enhancing our collective impact.

  • Establish feedback mechanisms to gather input from employees, volunteers, and community members about our equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts. This feedback will help us refine and improve our practices.

  • Provide training and education opportunities for staff, volunteers and Trustees to ensure everyone is committed to upholding these principles.



The Chief Executive is accountable to the Board of Trustees for ensuring that the terms of the equality and diversity policy are appropriate, are adhered to and implemented.

In terms of our grant making, the Foundation welcomes and actively encourages grant applications from all sections of the community. We are pleased to encourage and support charities and voluntary groups working with those who are disadvantaged in any way, in order to help their client group and would be beneficiaries participate fully in society.

This policy will be reviewed and updated regularly to incorporate best practices and address new challenges in equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Approved by Governance Committee: June 2024

Catch up with our latest news

Succesful Gathering for Private Client Advisors
Thank you to all our delegates, speakers and sponsor who joined us at our exclusive Private Client Networking event held on Friday 24 May at the very beautiful and newly opened Apple House at the Serge Hill Project..
Exclusive networking opportunity for legal, financial and advisory professionals in Hertfordshire
Legal, financial and advisory professionals working with private clients in Hertfordshire are invited to join Hertfordshire Community Foundation on Friday, 24 May 2024 for an exclusive Private Client Networking Lunch in collaboration with Longmores Solicitors. .
Spring Walk raises money for local charities
Over 40 enthusiastic participants gathered in the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside in Buntingford on a sunny morning on 18 April to raise funds and awareness for a good cause. The spring walk was organised by Hertfordshire Community Foundation’s (HCF) Ambassador Henrietta Buxton and graciously hosted by HCF Trustee James Hopkins and his wife Sarah.
High Sheriff Awards celebrate charitable projects across Hertfordshire
Liz Green, the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, publicly recognised and rewarded ten Hertfordshire voluntary organisations at the 2024 High Sheriff Awards ceremony held on Tuesday, 26 March 2024. The annual Awards, now in their 29th year, celebrate the excellent work undertaken by charitable groups and individuals who have made a significant contribution to Hertfordshire’s communities.