Community Foundations are a type of charitable trust. Each one works in a specific geographical area as a grant-maker, endowment builder and community leader.
Community foundations were first seen in the United States at the start of the 20th Century, but the concept has spread throughout the world and is one of the fastest growing forms of philanthropy.
The first UK community foundations were set up in the 1980s. There are now 60 nationwide, offering help and support to 95 per cent of the population.
UK community foundations are part of a national membership organisation. To find out more about UK community foundations, click here.