Community Foundations

“I feel passionately that the Community Foundation
movement is the simplest and most effective way
for donors to reach out and support local communities”
Anne Boyd
Chair of the Scottish Community Foundation &
Vice Chair of the Community Foundation Network

What is a community foundation?
Community foundations are an idea that was born in the USA and there are now over 1,000 worldwide.

Wherever they may be, the concept is the same. Individuals, families or companies can give any amount of money to a community foundation. A related gift agreement is created recording the fundholder’s charitable wishes. The Foundation then acts upon these. Sometimes fundholders themselves nominate community organisations and charities for funding. Or the foundation match-makes, identifying local charities that will benefit most from grant awards.

Permanent invested gifts are the way forward for the future. These can be invested for growth and income, allowing the foundation to make sustainable grants that can strengthen a community for years to come.

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The Scottish Community Foundation
The Scottish Community Foundation is a member of the UK network of over 60 foundations.  The first UK foundation was set up in the 1980s and currently 90% of the UK population has access to a community foundation.

We have offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as a network of 50 Assessors who support our grant making and community leadership roles. 

The Foundation is registered as a Scottish charity: SC022910 and was recently awarded CFN quality accreditation.

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The Transatlantic Community Foundation Network (TCFN)
The Transatlantic Community Foundation Network (TCFN) was created in 1999 to promote the development of community foundations on both sides of the Atlantic, and particularly in parts of Europe and North America where the community foundation concept was just beginning to take root. It is a learning community comprised of four dozen community foundations and support organizations from close to a dozen countries. The Network has produced a series of free resources targeted to emerging and developing community foundations, available on the Network’s website:

Community Foundations