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Funding Life Skills in Wrexham by Empowering Youth

The Empowering Youth Foundation is a registered charity specialising in increasing the transferable skills and independent creativity of young people through golf training sessions.  [...]


Nurturing Heritage and Culture at The National Eisteddfod

The National Eisteddfod nurtures Wales’ cultural ancestry through literature, craft and stage competitions. The Eisteddfod Talaith a Chadair Powys celebrates Welsh heritage, language and culture in this particular part of rural Wales. In July last year, the organising committee was awarded [...]


Cycle Training Wales are Protecting Your Environment

With recent accolades including the South Wales Social Enterprise of the Year, Cycle Training Wales is all about getting people on their bikes! With projects including ‘Doctor Bike’, cycle proficiency training in schools, and a mobile mountain bike trail, ther [...]


Nourishing the Community at the Heart of the Rhondda Valleys

More than just a meeting place for worship, ACTS Community Church is the beating heart of the Rhondda valley, providing vital services such as the Rhondda Foodbank. Formed in 2009, church-goers met in a local leisure centre before they struck on the idea of purchasing a dilapidated social club in [...]


Philanthropy Week 2014 Essay Competition

The Community Foundation in Wales is running an essay competition in celebration of Philanthropy Week 2014. 

Philanthropy Week is a series of events and activities which promote, celebrate and inspire philan [...]


Welsh in Brussels support Philanthropy Week

(l-r) Dharmendra Kanani, European Foundation Centre; Geoffrey Shuman, Vice President of European Affairs for Airbus; Liza Kellett, Community Foundation in Wales; and Tom Jones, European Social & Economic Committee and Community Foundation in Wales Trustee.

As Philanthropy Week 2014 dr [...]


Philanthropy and education in Wales

A student focus group at Aberystwyth University exploring the role of philanthropy in education provided a fitting start to Philanthropy Week Wales 2014. The Vice Chancellor, April McMahon, attended alongside current students in receipt of Community Foundation in Wales bursaries, alumni fundrai [...]


The Amber Project Saves Wonderland!

The Saving Wonderland Pantomime debuted at the YMCA Theatre in Cardiff courtesy of The Amber Project. The Amber Project is a Church Army Project who work tirelessly to nurture the talents, self-esteem and confidence of young people who self harm. In August 2012 they received £29,868 in fu [...]


Velvet Coalmine – a festival of writing, rock ‘n’ roll and coal...

A Thursday evening on Blackwood High Street in Caerphilly, and the town centre was buzzing in anticipation of a rock ‘n’ roll weekend. Local people and visitors gathered together in the foyer of the Maxime Cinema for the opening evening of READ MORE

Philanthropy Week Wales 2014

The Community Foundation in Wales is thrilled to once again be convening a week of events across the country to celebrate, promote and explore philanthropy in Wales.  

The week begins with focus group at Aberystwyth University where we will be joined by Vice Chancellor of the Univers [...]


First £1million private Fund established

The Community Foundation in Wales is thrilled to announce that we have received our first £1million gift, the largest single gift from a private donor the Foundation has received to date! Through his gift Dr Davies has established his own personal Endowment Fund as part of the Fund for Wale [...]


An investment in the communities of Carmarthenshire

Whilst in residence at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Carmarthenshire this August, the Community Foundation in Wales gathered friends, allies and local philanthropists at the historic Llanelly House to celebrate the work of the Foundation in Carmarthenshire and across Wales. 

Th [...]


Taking the Foundation to the North American Welsh Diaspora

At the end of August 2014 the Foundations Development Manager, Siân Stacey, travelled to Minneapolis to attend the North American Festival of Wales. The Festival was a great opportunity to meet hundreds of people from across the United States of America and Canada who are as passionate abou [...]


Learning 4 Life with Llamau

Llamau Ltd is a homeless charity that helps vulnerable young people and women in South East Wales. Llamau is well known for supporting those at risk – particularly care leavers, young offenders, those at risk of offending, victims of domestic abuse, and people who have chaotic and disadva [...]


Westminster Celebration

The Foundation’s friends and allies came together at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday in celebration of the work of the Community Foundation in Wales.

Welcoming our London guests, Chairman Janet Lewis-Jones shared the news that the Foundation has achieved its first ‘mill [...]


Wales & West Utilities help Liberty to keep their liberty

 Based in Caerau, one of the most deprived wards in Cardiff, Liberty was set up to support the elderly and disabled residents within the immediate vicinity of Tresedar Way, to give them a better quality of life.  Many residents were excluded and isolated due to mobility issues, with a l [...]


Powys Eisteddfod supported by Ashley Family Foundation

 A grant of £5,000 helped Powys Eisteddfod, in the centenary year of the forming of its 'orsedd, to hold a very successful two day event in Llanfair Caereinion.  Competitors travelled from all over Wales to attend and near capacity crowds enjoyed the two day event at the local Lei [...]


Pupils at Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen, raise £860 for the Foundation's Flood Recovery Fund

Pupils at Ysgol Dinas Bran in Llangollen have raised a fantastic £860 for the Foundation’s Floods Recovery Fund, a Fund set up in response to the extensive floods and storm damage across Wales to help strengthen communities as they recover from the hardship and challenges. 



Liza's Blog, Clearly So

Last week I spent five days “nesting” with the ClearlySo team in their London office. ClearlySo is a social business which helps social entrepreneurs raise capital and introduces investors to exciting investment opportunities. It was a chance for me to immerse myself in the world of s [...]


Hawarden Fund Launch

Photo: Colin Evans (Development Associate); Rev. Graham Beckett; Rev. Marjorie Quinn; Mr Jim Bevan 

The Foundation was joined by local representatives of the third sector at the Glynne Arms in Hawarden for the announcement that the Hawarden & District Relief in Need Fund is now b [...]


Business supports Flood Recovery Fund

The Community Foundation in Wales, along with other Community Foundations in affected areas of the UK, will benefit from a partnership with furniture retailer Wren Living which has 47 stores in Wales and across the UK. Ten per cent of sales made at Wren Living’s  stores between 9am on [...]


Foundation responds to local communities suffering from recent flooding

Foundation responds to local communities suffering from recent flooding

In response to the extensive flooding across Wales this Winter, the Community Foundation in Wales has set up a Flood Recovery Fund to help strengthen communities as they recover from the hardship and challenges arising from recent floods, tidal surge  and storm damage.   

& [...]


Improving Physical and Mental Health

 Courage was the inspiration for Forever Young, an older peoples’ community group in Merthyr Tydfil where members meet up weekly to socialise and keep active by exercising together at the local leisure centre. 


In a year when Age Cymru reported that 75% of w [...]


Enabling Young People and Promoting Education, Enterprise & Life-Long Learning

In the historic quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, nestled between the mountains of Snowdonia is the home of Gwallgofiaid. This ‘insane tribe’ (literal translation!) is a notfor-profit company that gives the children and young people of the Vale of Ffestiniog a chance to [...]


Philanthropy Week Wales 2013 Essay Competition

In celebration of our successful annual philanthropy week 2013, the Community Foundation in Wales is running an essay competition.


Targeted at those between the ages of 16 and 21, who are currently living in Wales, applicants are invited to submit an essay of no more [...]


Community Foundation in Wales launches Surviving Winter 2014

The Office for National Statistics estimated that there were 1,900 unnecessary winter deaths in Wales last year. One in three households in Wales live in fuel poverty and, 79,000 people in Wales used a foodbank last year. There is no doubt that older people and families are suffering in our commu [...]


Cardiff Life - Philanthropy Week

We’re delighted to announce that our Philanthropy Week 2013 was covered by the glamorous Cardiff Life Magazine in their people and places-style ‘Invitation Only’ pages.

We managed to have pictures from our Philanthropy Reception as well as Venture Philanthropy

Pl [...]


Surviving Winter

The Community Foundation in Wales has launched Surviving Winter 2013 - a campaign which matches people who care with organisations supporting older people and families suffering from food and fuel poverty this winter.

Since first participating in this UK wide campaign in 2011, the [...]


Blaenllechau Youth supported by the Dulverton Trust Fund


Blaenllechau Youth Project endeavours to provide leisure and training opportunities for children and young people between the ages of 5 and 25, to develop their social, cultural, intellectual and emotional wellbeing and development.  Since 1996, they have been developing [...]


Harps past, present and future in harmony for Festival launch

The third Wales International Harp Festival, which takes place next year in Caernarfon (20-26 April 2014), was officially launched by Lord Mostyn. As part of the launch, at Mostyn Hall near Flint, a silver harp, presented in 1523 as a prize in the First Eisteddfod i [...]


Tackling anti-social behaviour thanks to the Dulverton Trust

The Dulverton Trust distributes its grant making in Wales through the Community Foundation in Wales and supports community groups and local charities across Wales that meet the following objectives:

  • Youth Opportunities

  • General WelfareREAD MORE

Keeping the ball rolling on Anglesey

The Children and Young People’s Partnership of Anglesey County Council has been key to maintaining the momentum of the Fair Share Trust’s investments in play. The purpose of the Partnership is to promote the welfare and opportunities of children and young people on the island to enabl [...]


Eight out of ten CATS go on to higher education

Despite having one of the highest levels of unemployment in Wales there was a shortage of experienced community development workers in Blaenau Gwent, GAVO, the local County Voluntary Council, created the CATS project to address the skills gap between local people an [...]


Unlocking the potential through Caia Park Partnership


Fair Share Trust’s mission was to build stronger communities by unlocking the potential in areas that had not previously received their ‘fair share’ of lottery funding.  Partnering with the Community Foundation in Wales the Fair Share Trust recently com [...]


Making the best even better

BRfm – ‘the best radio for miles’- is a community radio station run as a social enterprise serving Gwent. It also broadcasts a local internet television service. To encourage participation, social inclusion, self-development and community cohesion among local young people, it ha [...]


Fund for Wales Match Challenge to encourage philanthropy

A £1million match challenge has been granted to the Fund for Wales by the BIG Lottery Fund giving philanthropy in Wales a major boost.


Chief Executive of the Community Foundation in Wales, Liza Kellett, celebrated the news as an exciting time to become a philanthropis [...]


Celebration of Philanthropy in Gwent

The Foundation celebrated the culmination of events in Philanthropy Week 2012 with afternoon tea at the Angel Hotel, Abergavenny to applaud the work of the Gwent High Sheriff and the way in which the Gwent High Sheriffs’ Community Fund at the Community Foundation in Wales addresses local ne [...]


Strengthening resourceful communities through Comic Relief

The Community Foundation in Wales is pleased to be working with Comic Relief to support people living in disadvantaged communities with the Comic Relief Local Communities Fund. 


Comic Relief highlighted that: “Poverty in the UK today is much more complex than sim [...]


Fund launched to support groups in Denbighshire

October 2012 saw the launch of the Denbighshire Community Endowment Fund at Ruthin Arts Centre. The Fund was formed as a result of the Foundations work with Denbighshire County Council, who agreed to transfer their small and inactive dormant charitable trusts to the Foundations stewardship.   [...]


Chief Executive features in Business Insider

24th September 2012


Liza Kellett, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation in Wales was pleased to be invited by Wales Business Insider magazine for a Round Table discussion of the Charitable Sector in Wales. Liza was one of several Chief Executives and Directors of [...]


Chief Executive speaks at High Sheriffs conference

12th July 2012


The Community Foundation in Wales’ Chief Executive, Liza Kellett, was invited to attend the annual conference of High Sheriffs’ at Burleigh House, Lincolnshire, in June to speak to forthcoming High Sheriffs about the work of community foundati [...]


Garden Open Day in aid of the Gwent High Sheriffs' Community Fund

The High Sheriff of Gwent, Elizabeth Murray, held an open garden at Llanover House on Monday 4th June, welcoming people to enjoy the grounds and home-made teas in aid of the Gwent High Sheriffs’ Community Fund. 


Thanks to the brilliant weather in June, the garden [...]


Hope House receives support with a donation from Lord Merthyr Fund

March 2012


Last year 28 charities received donations from the Lord Merthyr Fund, managed and monitored by the Community Foundation in Wales. One of these charities was Hope House Children’s Hospice.


Hope House Children’s Hospice of [...]