Working with Charitable Trusts

HIWCF has in-depth experience of working with established local trusts, foundations and local authorities that wish to transfer the management of their entire trust over to the Foundation, or where outsourcing part, or all of their charitable grant-making ensures that grant programmes are managed efficiently and effectively.

Grant-making Support for National Fundraisers

Our partnerships in recent years with well-known national charities and trusts such as Comic Relief, the Big Lottery Fund and the National Emergencies Trust have enabled us to channel vital resources into local community causes across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Spearheaded by our membership organisation UKCF, we work alongside the network of 46 community foundations across the UK to implement national grant-making programmes at a local level.

For funders wishing to support a wider geographic area across England, for example across the South-East, we work with our neighbouring community foundations to provide seamless funding across a larger area.

Trust Transfers

The Foundation has considerable experience in taking over the management of existing charitable trusts, which over time may have become ineffective (those that have spent less than 30% of their income) or dormant (those that have spent no money for 5 years).

How HIWCF Can Help

With the agreement of your trustees, HIWCF will bring your trust fund back to life, ensuring that grants continue to be made in line with the original objectives of the fund. These revitalised grants make such a difference for smaller charities and community groups struggling to raise funds, and have a significant impact on the lives of those in need in local communities.

Should I ask HIWCF for support with my Charitable Trust?

The Revitalising Trusts Initiative encourages all charity trustees to consider working with their local Community Foundation, particularly if the following statements apply to the management of your trust:

  • We find it difficult to identify beneficiaries
  • We cannot spend the income of the charity
  • We find ourselves providing money to the same people or groups every year
  • We find it difficult to attract trustees
  • We would like to be involved in how the money is spent but we do not want the legal responsibility of being a trustee
  • The work of administering the charity and its investment is becoming onerous or disproportionate to the level of funding
  • We wish that we had a greater insight into needs, issues and opportunities in our local communities

The Benefits of Working With HIWCF

By placing responsibility for your grant making programme with HIWCF, you gain immediate access to the following benefits:

  • Robust governance
  • Professional fund management
  • Assessment and monitoring of grants
  • Evaluation and reporting