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.

Learn more about Vital for Berkshire.

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.  Learn more about Give a Child a Chance.

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.

You can donate via our dedicated  BTMyDonate page or by posting a cheque (please make cheques payable to Berkshire Community Foundation but mark that your donation is for Surviving Winter) to: Berkshire Community Foundation, 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6GP.

Thank you!

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.


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 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
  • “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