Community Foundations hit the one-billion-pound mark

Local charities make up the lifeblood of our communities. They make a daily difference to millions of people. That’s why Community Foundations are proud to announce, on Local Charities Day, that collectively ONE BILLION POUNDS has been distributed to local charities.

This milestone shows the impact that Community Foundations have had on local communities. In the last year alone £77million was distributed in grants with 4.7million people benefitting from the work.

From floods to fuel poverty to food banks, communities have been supported where they need it most. Community Foundations reach every postcode in the UK and this reach allows support to the very smallest charities and community groups, who often go unnoticed by many. But it’s these charities that are a lifeline for so many people and desperately need support.

So far, this year the Heart of England Community Foundation has distributed over £1.3million, supporting 583 fantastic projects throughout the West Midlands in the process.

Fabian French, Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations, said “At UK Community Foundations we’re proud to work with incredible local charities day in day out.

“We understand the needs of the communities we work in and direct grants to causes that will meet that need and will make the biggest difference.

“That’s why we passionately support Local Charities Day and why Community Foundations are what the Chair of the Charity Commission says ‘exactly what charities should be’.”

Tina Costello, Chief Executive of Heart of England Community Foundation, said: “Reaching this landmark is a huge achievement for UK Community Foundations and we at the Heart of England Community Foundation are so proud to be part of that!”

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