Our history

The vision that created Buckinghamshire Community Foundation was the idea of the late Sir Nigel Mobbs, a well-known Buckinghamshire businessman. He’d seen in North America how the power of people coming together through their giving can build thriving local communities. He wanted the same for Buckinghamshire.

The first community foundation was created in America in 1914 and the idea has since spread worldwide. In the UK there are now 46 community foundations, each of which is part of the UK network of community foundations but is also an independent organisation that’s run by local people for local people.

All community foundations share the same aim of encouraging and enabling more local giving. We share the same high standards of operation, in terms of the services that we provide for donors and funders and the money and the funding advice that we provide to local community groups.