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Our vision is to create a culture of philanthropy that will change people’s lives and build stronger communities.

The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust established in 2005 to inspire local giving for local needs. We work with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals.

Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. The Community Foundation for Surrey is part of a national network of 48 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK.

     Our local expertise means we can often find wonderful grassroots projects, operating below the radar, where even a modest sum of money can make a huge difference.

Wendy Varcoe
Executive Director

What is a Community Foundation?


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01483 478092
info@cfsurrey.org.uk

Community Foundations bring together 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.

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 Community Foundation for Surrey is part of a national network of 48 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. UK Community Foundations is the national network linking, promoting and supporting community foundations throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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