Why help Berkshire
Why help Berkshire?
Berkshire has many positive aspects and much of the county displays a good overall quality of life.  

Taking county-wide statistics and indicators at their face value, it would be easy to conclude that Berkshire is doing well.  In many instances, this is actually true and should be celebrated.  However, in other areas, county-wide statistics mask strong variations in the fortunes and experience of people in neighbouring urban and rural areas across the county.

Did you know?
Our Vital Signs reports have concluded that although there is good overall quality of life, there is also stark inequality across Berkshire.

  • Several areas in Berkshire are within the top 20% for deprivation in the UK
  • More than 1 in 3 children in some areas of Berkshire are living in poverty
  • House prices in Berkshire have increased by an average of 35% in the last 10 years
  • At least 50% of survey respondents, when asked, felt that isolation and loneliness is an issue in Berkshire
  • Some areas of Reading and Slough are in the top 40% for crime in the UK
  • 66% of local groups surveyed by BCF had seen their funding reduced and renewed pressure on Councils is forcing them to cut back on discretionary grants
  • Several areas within Reading have long-term unemployment in excess of 38%
  • The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) score in some areas of Slough is 34

We address these problems directly via our links with local community groups and our grant-making programmes.  But we can only do this with the support of our generous donors.

Find out how you can help

  • “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