• Last year we awarded over £1 million to local communities, but this was less than half the total requests for funding we received.

    With your help we can do more…

Transforming local communities with the power of philanthropy

We work with individuals, families, businesses and trusts who want to give something back to their local communities in a way that works best for them. By working with the Community Foundation donors can connect with the causes they care about and increase the impact of their giving to help hundreds of groups every year. See how we could help you with your philanthropy or contact us directly to discuss in confidence how you, your family or your company can get involved.

In the UK alone there are over 180,000 charities to choose from and those who are able to give are often inundated with requests. To really get the most out of giving, philanthropists must give wisely, thoughtfully. The Community Foundation for Surrey offers a tailored service to philanthropists who have a commitment and passion for making a real difference to local people’s lives.

Benefits of giving

  1. Bespoke donor service – tailored to make the impact you want to make.
  2. Benefit from 10 years of grant making experience – our research and local knowledge helps you fund projects doing incredible work below the radar.
  3. Building permanent community resources – we can invest your donations to generate ongoing income to award grants in perpetuity.
  4. Tax effective – Donations are tax efficient if you are a UK tax payer Gift Aid adds 25%.
  • £5,000 Gift

  • £1,250 Gift Aid

  • £6,250 Total

Self-sufficient Core Funding

We are working to become self sufficient and through gifts in kind and other support keep our overheads low to ensure maximum benefit to Surrey communities.

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Giving Options

Funds can be established to benefit a particular theme of community activity or geographic area important to you. Alternatively you can collaborate with other donors and contribute to one of our collective giving funds. Funds come in all shapes and sizes but we manage six main categories of fund, each with different characteristics tailored to best suit individuals, communities, businesses, or charitable trusts.

Named Funds

Focus your giving through a bespoke fund where you choose the name, themes, criteria and geographical areas you wish to support.

Area Funds

Collaborate with other local people in a borough, town or village by working together and pooling donations to support needs specific to your community.

Themed Funds

Collaborate with like minded people by working together and pooling donations to support the causes that matter to you.

Memory & Legacy Funds

Whether you are looking to leave a charitable legacy in your will or to commemorate a loved one, we can help to ensure your philanthropy has a lasting impact.

Corporate Funds

We provide a bespoke service to suit your business by connecting you and your staff with local community activity and providing a local mechanism for your corporate social responsibility.

Working with Charitable Trusts

We work with existing charitable trusts to manage their local grants programmes and are also endorsed by the Charity Commission for our work reinvigorating dormant or ineffective charitable trusts.

Maximising your gift

Don’t forget the Gift Aid! If you are a tax payer we can claim Gift Aid on your donation. This means that for every £1,000 you give we can claim an extra £250. Plus higher rate tax payers can claim back the difference between lower and higher rate tax at the end of the tax year.

Download a Gift Aid form here




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