Connecting people who care with local causes that matter
Heart of Bucks is the community foundation for Buckinghamshire; a funding organisation awarding grants and loans to local charities and community groups.
Community foundations are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographical area. We bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support effective non-profits in their communities.
One of the strengths of Heart of Bucks is our unique understanding of the needs of Buckinghamshire. Through research and outreach work we ensure that funding reaches those who need it most and can use it effectively.
As one of the largest non-statutory funders in the county, together with our donors, we have supported more than 3,500 community organisations since our first grant payment in 2000. To date, we have distributed over £8.1m in grants and loans across Buckinghamshire.
We are part of a network of 46 community foundations across the UK, all striving to help people and organisations invest in their communities. In the year to March 2018, community foundations awarded funding totalling nearly £100 million, this makes the combined amount granted since our inception as well over £1 billion!
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 (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 46 organisations, all part of the UK network of community foundations, but each is also an independent organisation run by local people, for local people.
Heart of Bucks was established in 2000 and to date we have distributed more than £7.5m in funding. Since then we have also grown a portfolio of £5.7m, made up of endowment and long-term investment funds.