Community Foundations

What is a Community Foundation?
Community Foundations make a difference by bringing together local philanthropists with dynamic local organisations who need funding and other resources.

Founded in the heart of local communities, each Community Foundation is unique, identifying local needs and mobilising local resources. We work with donors, large and small, to make sure their gift has the greatest impact. This distinctive and personalised approach to philanthropy means many different kinds of donors use community foundations to manage their funds including individuals, companies, charitable trusts and government agencies.

Local Help for Local Needs
The Community Foundation movement started in Ohio, USA in 1914 and was based on the concept of “local help for local needs.”  Today there are 1,440 independent Community Foundations in over 50 countries across the globe.

The first Community Foundation in the UK was established in 1975 and today there are 55 independent foundations. UK Community Foundations is the national network linking, promoting and supporting community foundations throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Together, the Community Foundations network are one of the largest non-government grant-making bodies in the UK.

Leeds Community Foundation

The Leeds Community was registered as a charity and company limited by guarantee  and was formally launched in 2004. Since then we have made incredible progress and are now in the top five for the size of our grant-making.

We are an entirely independent organisation and, although we maintain close links with Leeds City Council and other statutory partners, we don’t receive any core funding from them nor do they control or direct any of our activities.

Who runs the Leeds Community Foundation?
An independent board of Directors/Trustees, elected from the local private, statutory and voluntary sector, are legally and financially responsible for the Foundation. The day-to-day management of the Foundation comes under the responsibility of the Chief Executive.