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ABOUT US
Families living in poverty, people struggling with disabilities, vulnerable people living in isolation… we support local voluntary organisations who address the real issues in Berkshire. 

If you’re passionate about helping the people most in need in your area, Berkshire Community Foundation is here to help you ‘think local, give local’.

The work we do
Our unique approach

We work with supporters, large and small, to make sure their donation has the greatest impact.  This distinctive and personalised approach to philanthropy means many different kinds of people use community foundations to manage their funds including individuals and families, businesses, charitable trusts and professional advisors.

Benefits to donors

We are committed to making giving as easy, quick and tax efficient as possible.  Monitoring and evaluation of grants awarded means that supporters can be assured their charitable giving is getting to where it is really needed, and that it is making a big difference.

Who we help
We help those in greatest need in Berkshire.  Our main grant making is directed towards vulnerable people, including:

  • The elderly
  • Children and young people
  • People with a long-term illness or disability, and their carers
  • People with mental health needs
  • Minority ethnic communities
  • Those suffering from addiction

We aim to support the smaller groups who are doing vital work but who have real difficulties in raising funds.

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  • “Diligence is always needed, as great projects, indeed great communities, aren't formed overnight."
    Joe McKenna
    Executive Director of BCF, 1993-1998
  • “During my 13 years as Lord Lieutenant, I witnessed what a difference Berkshire Community Foundation's grants made to the lives of so many people in Berkshire.”
    Sir Philip Wroughton KCVO DL
    Honorary Life President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • "I believe in Berkshire. We all put our own families and homes first but in doing so, we want to ensure the community in which we live is one that we can be proud of."
    Harry Henderson DL
    Vice President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • “The continuing support for local groups would not have been possible without a myriad of corporate and individual supporters, enthusiastic trustees and staff, the dedication of whom underwrites the success of Berkshire Community."
    Brigadier Robin Draper CVO OBE
    CEO, Berkshire Community Foundation 1998-2008
  • “Since I first became a trustee in 1991, my enthusiasm for BCF has never waned, as is the case it seems for everyone else who gets to know BCF. Particularly, of course, the recipients, who not only receive a grant but also sound advice on all aspects of developing the work of their organisation."
    Jane Wates OBE
    Vice President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • “The original plans for the Foundation were driven by the needs of those living in Berkshire and how those needs could be alleviated. History has proven that not only was the concept behind the Foundation an inspired idea, but it was a workable one. As a former trustee of BCF, I am very proud that my family was involved from the start in establishing and developing such a fundamental part of charitable operations within the county."
    Richard Benyon MP
    MP for Newbury
  • "Phi-lan-thro-py: the act of donating money, goods, time or effort to support a charitable cause...any altruistic activity which is intended to promote good, or improve the quality of human life..."
    Definition of philanthropy
  • "I view the Community Foundation as an ideal complement to our charity programme. It is a most effective method of delivering support to local charities."
    John Nike OBE DL
    Chairman, Nike Group of Companies
  • “Whilst many people believe Berkshire is an affluent area, each unitary authority faces a number of real and, sometimes, hidden problems."
    The Hon. Mrs Bayliss CVO JP DL
    Honorary Life President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • "I recognise that those of us that are luckier in life than others have the responsibility to those that are finding life a struggle... The Foundation makes it all so simple for me - I know the process and attention to detail ensures that what little help I do give hits the spot in the most efficient manner it can."
    Harry Henderson DL
    Vice President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • "We have been very active in Slough, thanks largely to your very generous funding award."
    David Jannetta
    CEO, Alzheimer's Dementia Support
  • “We are very grateful to Berkshire Community Foundation for their grant. The funding will help Launchpad to continue to provide one to one support to disadvantaged people in Reading – by providing a clean, safe home, the foundation of all our support – and then the services to help people get their lives back on track: education, training and employment.”
    Roz Taylor
    Launchpad Reading
Impact Report
Vital Signs 2016
FEATURED

Friends of Young Carers

A grant of £5,000 from the NHS Carers Fund, managed by BCF, has helped to fund ongoing outings and activities for Young Carers in West Berkshire.