Connecting people who care with local causes that matter
Heart of Bucks Community Foundation is a registered charity and part of a network of 47 community foundations across the UK, all committed to making a difference to the lives of local people.
Working in partnership with individuals, businesses and public sector organisations, Heart of Bucks awards grant and loan funding to hundreds of not-for-profit groups that are helping to improve the lives of people in Buckinghamshire.
An array of different projects and organisations have received funding since Heart of Bucks awarded their first grant in 2000. From cancer support groups, befriending services and counselling sessions, to support for children with additional needs, rough sleepers or ex-offenders.
As one of the largest funders in the county, during 2020/21 we distributed £1.5m in funding; our biggest year to date. In 2021/22 we are proud to have awarded over £1.3m to local causes.
Every three years Heart of Bucks undergoes an independent quality accreditation as part of our membership of UK Community Foundations. We are also registered with the Fundraising Regulator.
The vision that created Heart of Bucks in 2000 (formerly Buckinghamshire Community Foundation) was the idea of the late Sir Nigel Mobbs; a well-known Buckinghamshire businessman and the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire between 1997 and 2005. In North America, community foundations were already well-established and, seeing the power of people coming together through their giving to build thriving communities, Sir Nigel wanted the same for Buckinghamshire.
It was 1914 when the first Community Foundation was created in America and the idea has since spread worldwide. In the UK there are now 47 organisations, all part of the UK network of community foundations, but each is also an independent organisation run by local people, for local people.