Enabling philanthropy

Our community partnerships foster long-term relationships to achieve meaningful impact and transform lives. We match donors with causes they care about, managing and distributing funds that get money to where it really matters.

We connect people with communities, deploying our knowledge of the local charitable landscape, and the social sector, to allocate grants where they will achieve maximum impact. We work with charities, social enterprises and community interest companies across Gloucestershire to improve people’s lives. Our advice can help donors to make informed decisions when it comes to which causes to support within your local area.

If you want to be more flexible with your giving or are unsure how to set up a fund to benefit your local community, we can help.

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Our approach

Our foundation is made up of both short-term (annual) and long-term (endowment) funds. Over the past 3 years, we have distributed over £800,000 to over 300 organisations in Gloucestershire. We have a robust process and undertake stringent due diligence checks on all grant applicants to ensure your money is accounted for.

As we approach our 30-year foundation anniversary, we remain true to our core mission of identifying local needs and supporting positive action. We believe in the power of working together in partnership to enable everyone to fulfil their potential. We’re focused on making a difference.

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  • Surviving Winter Report 2019

    Surviving Winter is a annual appeal to help vulnerable people stay warm over the winter period Read more

  • First Tampon Tax grants awarded

    We have awarded our first grants from the Tampon Tax Fund (a fund generated from the VAT on sanitary products) to local charities working to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Read more

  • We're helping give money to good causes

    The Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard has teamed up with GCF to seek out good causes in need of funds Read more

  • Surviving Winter Appeal 2019

    For some, winter means suffering in isolation. Read more

  • What is #iwill?

    #iwill is a national campaign that aims to increase the number of young people into social action..... Read more

  • Helping families in Stroud

    How a grant to Kids' Stuff helped to get the Community Interest Company on its way. Read more

  • All about community

    Savills were introduced to the Gloucestershire Community Foundation by one of our long term fund holders, the Hitchins family. Read more

  • John Lewis in Cheltenham

    We are looking forward to sharing our experience of Gloucestershire with John Lewis when they open their new store in Cheltenham Read more