If you want to get involved in charitable giving at a local level, finding time to research where the greatest areas of need are, which are the right organisations to give to, and deciding how best to manage the governance and administration of grant-giving can be a real challenge.

One of the many strengths of Heart of Bucks is our ability to help personalise the method by which people give. We will help guide you through the options available and ensure your money is used effectively to make a real difference locally; reaching the organisations that can help those in need. With thousands of charities all doing great work in the county, giving through Heart of Bucks can enable you to support multiple causes and also to see the impact of your giving by funding specific projects with defined outcomes.

Our comprehensive application process ensures that the organisations applying for funding have passed our due diligence checks. Combined with our end of grant monitoring, we are confident that we can ensure your funding will make a lasting impact in the county.

There are a number of ways you can partner with Heart of Bucks for your charitable giving and make a real difference to local people. Click on the ‘+’ below to find out more or alternatively you can contact us by emailing giving@heartofbucks.org

Named funds are a great way for you to get directly involved in supporting your community, without the cost and administration of setting up your own charitable trust. Named funds may be created in memory of a loved one, to campaign for a cause close to your heart, or simply because you can and want to help.

Types of named funds:

  • Endowment – Your funds will be invested securely, with the annual income being distributed in grants. This provides permanence to a donation and demonstrates a long-term commitment to your local community. Funds are invested with a view to growing the value of the fund over time.
  • Immediate Impact – This type of fund is established by making an annual donation which is awarded as grants within that year, providing immediate support.
  • Hybrid – A combination of endowment and immediate impact, a hybrid fund is appealing for those donors who wish to grow an endowment over time but also wish to make an impact right away.

Benefits to you:

Where possible, we will claim Gift Aid on donations, enabling your donations to be maximised and tax-efficient. Periodically we also have access to match-funding programmes, which can provide an uplift on donations into endowment funds.

Above all, we take out the stress of giving by managing all the communication, publicity and applications, making it the pleasure it should be.

If you’re interested in finding out more about named funds, download our information sheet or contact us.

Regular donations from our Friends supports our ongoing work and allows us to plan for the future.

As a registered charity ourselves, these contributions help us continue to make a positive change in Buckinghamshire through our grants to local, mainly smaller, charities and crisis funding for individuals.

You can set up a regular monthly, quarterly or annual donation through our Total Giving page, choosing the amount and frequency to suit you. Alternatively, contact giving@heartofbucks.org for a Friends membership form.

From £5 a month, the Friends’ support for our charity has enabled us to help thousands of people in difficult circumstances with funding examples such as:

Under £50: providing hot water bottles and blankets for an older, physically disabled lady who had left her home due to domestic abuse

Under £100: paying for school uniform for three children of a single mother not currently working

Under £250:  funding resistance bands for 200 disabled people to keep fit whilst they were shielding

Under £500:  supporting a regular youth café for 60 young people after school

The need for help locally continues to rise. Become a Friend of Heart of Bucks – together we can make a real difference to the lives of people in the community we all call home.

A great way to leave a positive mark on the community long after you are gone, is by leaving a gift in your will. Heart of Bucks offers an ideal way to leave a legacy easily and tax-efficiently. If you prefer, we would be happy to work with your financial advisor to find the best solution for you.

Establishing a legacy fund:

By leaving lasting instructions, your gift will be used to support the causes you care about.

Legacy funds can be named after you, your family, or reflect something important to you. Alternatively, an in-memoriam fund can be a meaningful, yet easy way to remember a loved one and can be endowed for many generations to come.

Inheritance tax:

As an accredited community foundation, legacies made to Heart of Bucks qualify as a charitable donation and are exempt from inheritance tax. This could help reduce the total amount of tax paid on your estate; anyone leaving at least 10% of their estate in their will to charity benefits from an effective reduction in inheritance tax from 40% to 36%.

For more information on leaving a legacy to Buckinghamshire, download our information sheet or contact us.

MAKE A DONATION NOW

Heart of Bucks is a registered charity. Whether you would like to regularly donate a small amount to Heart of Bucks or give a larger one-off donation, your support will ensure that together we can continue to award funding to the organisations working with those most in-need across Buckinghamshire.

Online

Donate online via our Total Giving page. You can make a one-off donation, become a regular giver or create your own page to fundraise on our behalf.

Cheque

Regular or CAF cheques made payable to “Heart of Bucks” can be sent to:

Heart of Bucks, New Road, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, HP22 5QT

Bank transfer

Please call us on 01296 330134 or email giving@heartofbucks.org if you would like to donate directly into our bank account. We will supply you with our account details and a unique reference for your donation.

Gift Aid

Make your donation go further at no extra cost to you.

If you are a UK tax payer and would like us to claim Gift Aid, please complete a Gift Aid declaration form.

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