News story: Alternative ways to support your community or a good cause

There are over 160,000 registered charities in England and Wales and many more unregistered charities. Setting up and running a charity takes a lot of work.

If you want to help your local community but don’t have lots of spare time to run a charity, you could consider setting up a fund with a Community Foundation instead.

UK Community Foundations are local grant-making organisations. They can help you:

  • work out where your local community needs support
  • identify local groups that are already meeting these needs
  • decide how to use donations strategically and effectively

A Community Foundation trust may be more appropriate than a charity if the cause you’re helping will be relatively short-lived, for example restoring a forest after a storm.

To set up a Community Foundation trust, contact:

Mark Doherty

UKCF Operations Manager

mdoherty@ukcommunityfoundationms.org

020 7713 9326

If you want to support an international cause, such as raising funds for a disaster outside the UK, a new charity might not be the best option. Find out more about how to donate and volunteer to aid humanitarian disasters.

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