How to give

There are many ways to direct your giving to the local causes you care about. We’ll find the best one for you

Our expert advisors are here to guide you in your charitable giving. We know that no two donors are alike, so we can help you define how you would like to give and identify the issues that you care most about. 

We pride ourselves on being able to match donors with the causes they care about and will work with you to ensure your giving is both effective and rewarding. 

You will find information below about the variety of ways you can give.

Individual giving

We are pleased to provide guidance and support to individuals who want to make a difference in their local community. No matter the size of the donation, we are happy to talk to you about the options we have available. Our flow through funds are a perfect vehicle to distribute funding for immediate relief, while our endowment funds provide everlasting benefit and support for today and tomorrow. Whatever your situation, we have a solution to meet your charitable giving requirements.

Set up a named fund

Setting up a fund in the name of your family or business is easy, straightforward, cost-effective and tax efficient. We work with you to find out what causes and areas interest you and the difference you would like to make.

You can start with a single donation and add to it over time as you feel able. Whatever your motivation for giving, and whether you would like to be actively involved or observe from a distance, we can advise you so your fund is set up in a way that is tailored to your wishes and circumstances.

You will have a dedicated expert to guide you with your philanthropy and funding. You will receive regular feedback on how you have made a difference, which can be publicised or remain completely private.

Transfer a trust

You can transfer an existing charitable trust to Wiltshire Community Foundation. We will ensure that grants are distributed in the spirit of the trust's original objectives, both now and in the future. The Community Foundation is able to assume management of charitable trusts that benefit the people of Wiltshire & Swindon. Trusts can be recreated as a new Named Fund, with the same name as the former Charitable Trust. The objects of the trust can be retained or amended, and if any of the Trustees wish to remain involved they can often do so as an advisory panel.

We take on all the responsibilities for investment, administration and compliance with Charity Law. All applications for funding will be thoroughly assessed by our grants team and ratified by the board of Trustees, ensuring that good-quality grants are made regularly from the fund, now and in the future.

Gift shares, land, or buildings

We have expertise and experience in receiving donations of shares, land, or buildings. Speak to your professional advisor or call our Development Team for information about how we can help.

Become a friend

Many people set up regular monthly donations to the Community Foundation. Regular donations are a great way to help us continue to support our local communities. We welcome Friends of the Foundation with a one off or regular donation to support our vital work.

Becoming a Friend gives you a deeper insight into how we help our local communities. You will receive regular updates on our work as well as invitations to events.

Leave a legacy

Setting up something as important as a legacy can be daunting. It is a privilege to work with people who want to be sure that their charitable giving goes beyond their lifetime. We can help you deal with the sensitivities of deciding how best to make a difference.

By naming the foundation as a beneficiary in your will with no restrictions, you will give us the maximum flexibility to support important causes and respond to the ever-changing needs in our county.

Or you can create a named fund to support your charitable interests, which will ensure your name lives on. You can also allow your family to have an input on how its funds are distributed.

Whichever route you choose, we will help you manage your legacy, giving you the confidence that the money you leave will always be used wisely.

Corporate giving

Every company we work with has access to our extensive local knowledge, advice on how to structure their CSR programmes and which initiatives will work for them - and which won't.

At work with many companies in Wiltshire and Swindon, ranging from SMEs, professional advisors and banks to some of the region’s largest corporates. During our long-standing relationships, many of our corporate donors have helped us by providing interesting venues for meetings or events, recommending us to their peers and sponsoring our events and activities.

We offer a bespoke service to our corporate clients, tailoring CSR programmes to meet their needs, and they can be as involved in their giving - or as hands-off - as they like.

Philanthropy Team
Joanne Brady, Fiona Oliver and Gary Lawrence 01380 738989

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