Themed funds
We develop themed funds every year to strategically meet a need or tackle an issue in the community.

Themed funds provide the opportunity to work in partnership with public sector partners and others in the private sector, as well as supporting a cause within the community.

You can select a fund which matches your own interests.  There are no minimum contributions and every penny counts.

Vital for Berkshire
Vital for Berkshire aims to increase support for people across Berkshire who are struggling to cope with a range of issues including a safe home, good health and secure employment.

Vital for Berkshire will go beyond the statistics to uncover areas where local communities are struggling. A safe home, good health and secure employment are interdependent and underpin wellbeing – a key message from Berkshire’s Vital Signs 2017.


Berkshire Give a Child a Chance
Give a Child a Chance raises money to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children in Berkshire.

We fund local charities and community groups working to support children with physical or learning disabilities, psychological or behavioural issues, and those living in care and areas of deprivation. Money raised goes directly to where it’s needed most – making a real difference to the lives of young people living on our doorstep.


Berkshire Surviving Winter
Donations to this fund will be used to help older and vulnerable people stay warm and well in the UK’s coldest months.

Surviving Winter initially started as a fund to enable local people to donate winter fuel payments that weren’t needed, to help individuals struggling with fuel poverty.  It’s a great opportunity for anyone to make a donation that really will be used to help older and vulnerable people locally.


Together for Women Fund
The Together for Women Fund is a supportive network of women in Berkshire helping local women and girls in need. Violence against women and girls, including modern slavery is a huge issue in Berkshire.

This fund will support the lifesaving work that is helping women and girls across the county. BCF is working with Thames Valley Police and national funders to ensure research, planning and support is in place as well as providing funding to local charities who are a lifeline to those in need.


High Sheriff's Grassroots Fund
BCF has close connections with the office of High Sheriff and are Patrons of the Mock Trial competition whose funds are held at the foundation. High Sheriffs frequently help support charities and funds through BCF.

Donations to this fund will be used to make annual awards to groups working with young people (up to the age of 25) who are at risk of committing crime and anti-social behaviour. The fund will encourage young people to get involved with crime reduction activities and to create safer communities, and will be used to recognise the work local people do to offer young people alternatives to crime.

Please EMAIL US if you would like to donate to this fund.


The ‘Friend of BCF’ scheme allows individuals to support our day-to-day work in a simple but effective way. Learn more about how to become ‘A Friend of BCF’.

For a one-off donation, please send a cheque made payable to ‘Berkshire Community Foundation’ to our office address.  Please specify which fund you would like to benefit.

For regular donations, you can set up a standing order and specify which fund you would like to benefit.

If you are a UK taxpayer, we can claim back 25% on your donation.  Simply download and complete our gift aid form and send it in along with your donation.

Thank you!


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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 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
  • “Although child poverty is falling in the UK, there are still too many children growing up in disadvantaged circumstances, and we cannot be blind to areas of deprivation even in relatively affluent places such as Berkshire.”
    The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP
    Prime Minister
  • “Berkshire Community Foundation does a great job in our local area."
    The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP
    Prime Minister
  • “Berkshire Community Foundation provided a simple and cost efficient way of establishing a fund that could meet the Testator’s intentions."  
    Jonathan Gater
    Partner, Blandy & Blandy
  • “Most philanthropists have their own vision and a personal reason for giving. Community Foundations can help with this vision; by giving locally, you can really see what happens with your money and what a difference it makes to local communities."
    Roberta d’Eustachio
    Co-founder of Ambassadors for Philanthropy