The Community Foundation in Wales


The Community Foundation in Wales promotes the cause of philanthropy in Wales by creating and managing relationships between donors and those who are running life-enhancing initiatives. We are dedicated to strengthening local communities by providing a permanent source of funding, building endowment and ‘immediate impact’ funds to link donors to local needs.

Our philanthropy advice and grant-making services are valued by individuals and families, businesses, and grant-making trusts within and outside Wales. Our clients and supporters include the Welsh Assembly Government, the Charity Commission in Wales, the Fair Share Trust, and the BBC’s Comic and Sport Relief Programmes. A lot of our trustees and philanthropists contribute with all sorts of financial arrangements, including cash money, assets, stocks, and even Bitcoin or cryptocurrencies. If you're interested in donating with Bitcoin, you can read more in how to obtain Bitcoin by trading with the Bitcoin robot called Profit Revolution, or you can buy in several places such as Bitcoin ATMs, and exchanges.

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Flintshire Community Endowment Fund

We are delighted to announce that our newest grant programme is open for applications. Grants are available for individuals and groups across Flintshire for projects with an educational focus.

The deadline for applications is 22nd November 2013. For further information click here


New Office Address

Community Foundation in Wales is delighted to announce our relocation from 1st August to:

St. Andrews House | 24 St. Andrews Crescent | Cardiff |CF10 3DD
Our new phone number is 02920 379580
This comes at a wonderful time of growth for the Foundation as we welcome our new members of staff and start a new chapter in the Foundation's development. .



Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards

We are delighted to once again be working with Santander on the management of its social business award programme in Wales.

The deadline for applications is 1st July 2013. For further information click here



The Foundation helps Social Enterprises pitch for funding

Community Foundation in Wales Chief Executive Liza Kellett became a dragon on Friday 17th May at a Masterclass in Bangor! Liza took part in the Dragon's Den style 'Pitching Panel' in a Masterclass run as a part of Bangor University's Menter Iontach Nua (Amazing New Ventures) project supporting Social Entrepreneurs across Wales.

Social Enterprises pitched a wide range of live Social Enterprise business ideas from beach huts, river and sea safety education, to developing tourism business. The pitching panel gave constructive advice to the pitchers who were then able to improve their proposals.

The Community Foundation in Wales supports Social Enterprises across Wales with a range of funding including managing the Santander Enterprise Development Awards, which launches on 3rd June.



Social Enterprises in Wales article

Community Foundation in Wales Chief Executive, Liza Kellett, has a feature on the Guardian website this week discussing the state of the social enterprise sector in Wales.

Read the article here




Surviving Winter Wales Appeal

Surviving Winter is a UK-wide campaign to encourage people to make donations to help older and vulnerable people affected by fuel poverty this winter.

The campaign is based on asking people who receive the Winter Fuel Payment, but do not need it, to donate some or all of it so that it can recycled to support older and vulnerable people.

Of course anyone can make a donation if they wish! Read more about the appeal here.


Denbighshire Community Endowment Fund Launch

The Foundation's newest fund was launched on October 22nd as part of Philanthropy Week 2012.

The endowment income from this fund will support locally-run voluntary organisations, charities, projects and individuals within Denbighshire County. Read more


Philanthropy Wales website launch

The Philanthropy Wales website was launched on Wednesday 24th October and has already been heralded by local press.

The Western Mail's coverage of the site reminds its reader that philanthropy is for everyone! Read the article here

Philanthropy Wales will "encourage, advise and inform everyone interested in Welsh charity". Have a look at the new website here: www.philanthropywales.org.uk


Philanthropy Week 2012

The Foundation is delighted to be hosting a range of events to celebrate, explore and inspire philanthropy in Wales between the 18th – 26th of October 2012.

Download the programme of events here.

For further information on Philanthropy Week 2012 click here


Job Vacancy - Philanthropy Assistant

We are currently seeking to recruit a Philanthropy Assistant to support the business development and philanthropy elements of our work with their administration, creative, communication and organisation skills.

Click here for further information about this role and how to apply.

Closing date is Monday 22nd October 2012



Foundation manages Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards

We are delighted to be working with Santander on the management of its social business award programme in Wales – the winners of which have just been announced.

For further information click here



Taff-Ely Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund


RWE npower renewables offers a community benefit fund in relation to the Taff Ely Wind Farm, to support community organisations and voluntary groups based in Tonyrefail, Gilfach Goch and Llanharan.

We are delighted to announce that there is an additional £10,000 available in the fund in 2012.

Applications for grants are usually limited to £1,500, but in acknowledgement of the level of funds currently available, this limit has been increased to £5,000 for the next round of grants, the closing date for which is Monday 19th November.

For further information click here.



Trustee Vacancy

We are seeking to recruit new trustees in order to enhance and bring wider diversity to our board.

If you would like to contribute to the future of philanthropy in Wales, click here for further information about this role and how to apply.



Philanthropy Week Launched

Monday 14th November saw the launch of Wales’ first ever national Philanthropy Week, organised by the Community Foundation in Wales as part of our ambition to show the value and impact of philanthropy in strengthening local communities throughout Wales. Read More.

The week included several Welsh launches: of localgiving.com, a fundraising and website tool to help community groups raise their profile and funds; a Philanthropy Wales website; the Surviving Winter Wales campaign to encourage donations to support older and vulnerable people suffering from fuel poverty this Winter; and Coutts’ publication ‘Inspiring Local Philanthropy – making a difference in local communities’.

Download the programme of events.



Surviving Winter Wales Appeal

Surviving Winter is a Community Foundation Network campaign to encourage people to make donations to help older and vulnerable people affected by fuel poverty this winter.

The campaign, supported by Saga Magazine and co-ordinated by the Foundation, is based on asking people who receive the Winter Fuel Payment, but do not need it, to donate some or all of it so that it can recycled to support older and vulnerable people. Of course anyone can make a donation if they wish! Read more about the appeal here.

We are working with Age Cymru and National Energy Action Cymru to directly support those most in need across Wales.



Wales’ First Philanthropy Week

The Community Foundation in Wales is proud to be realising its ambition to become ‘First for Philanthropy in Wales’ by launching Wales’ first ever national Philanthropy Week.

The week of events, seminars, symposia and workshops will inspire philanthropy; celebrating and exploring giving in Wales.

One of these events is Speed Dating For Donors, for those who want to give on the night to a selection of small Welsh charities with big impacts. Click here for more information about the groups presenting.

The Foundation’s Chief Executive explains, “At our Community Foundation, philanthropy is the place where people meet to make a difference”.



New Grant Programme

Comic Relief Local Communities Grant Programme – a pan-Wales programme which will support projects with grants of £1,000-£10,000. For further information click here.



Localgiving.com goes live in Wales
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Ely Garden Villagers has become the first Welsh group to go live on localgiving.com. This site, a partner website of UK Community Foundations, offers groups the chance to attract online donors.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest from groups who wish to create their own localgiving.com site. For more information please contact the Foundation.

Take a look at the Ely Garden Villagers page or make a donation here.


Prince Charles becomes Royal Patron of new campaign ‘Fund for Wales'

The Fund for Wales Website
The Community Foundation in Wales has a new campaign, the Fund for Wales, which encourages everyone and anyone who loves Wales to give a little something back to the groups and charities working hard to help Welsh communities.

To give a little gift to Wales visit our site and follow the Fund's progress on Facebook and Twitter.



The Foundation chosen as a beneficiary of the Royal Wedding Charity Gift Fund

The Community Foundation in Wales is delighted to be amongst 26 charities selected to benefit from a charitable gift fund set up in honour of the royal wedding. Read More



Impact


Geographic distribution of grants

Working towards building sustainability, capacity and community cohesion.



Connecting people who care with causes that matter