Essex Community Foundation
"When we started in 1996 we had no idea that we would take ECF into every part of Essex and build it into what it is today. We owe a great debt to the many people who have supported ECF over the years, their commitment and passion for our work and all it achieves has been extraordinary and Essex is stronger for it."
Ian Marks CBE DL, ECF President

About us

We help people give back to Essex and improve the lives of others. Many local residents are living in deprivation and live in areas which are amongst some of the poorest in the UK. By working together, communities in the county have benefitted from nearly £30 million of charitable grants awarded from ECF.

Our extensive local knowledge and expertise helps donors channel their giving locally and help those most in need.

Our Vision

A strong, generous community – an Essex where people work together to enhance the quality of local life.

Our Mission

To inspire philanthropy and charitable giving – matching people, ideas, resources and needs, to make a lasting difference.

To do this we:

A board of trustees governs the Community Foundation and a team, led by our Chief Executive Caroline Taylor, oversees day-to-day activities.

Essex Community Foundation is a membership organisation and we welcome individuals, companies and voluntary organisations as new Members to give a broad base constituency for our activities.

Individuals, families and companies can set up a named fund at the Community Foundation to support community needs we identify and/or particular causes that match donors’ interests.

We match applications from voluntary organisations and individuals to the funds we hold, and advise donors to ensure their giving is effective. We handle all the administration and ensure all gifts are tax efficient. Most funds are held within our endowment, which is invested to maximise resources for grantmaking and operations now and in the future. The investment managers are Investec, Ruffer and CCLA. We also manage flowthrough funds where donors give amounts annually.

Our financial statements are produced in line with our year end on 30 June.

Accredited 

Essex Community Foundation was established in 1996 as a registered charity (1052061) and company limited by guarantee (3062567) to support communities particularly, but not exclusively, in Essex.

We are a quality accredited Community Foundation. This quality mark is endorsed by the Charity Commission and encourages best practice within the network of Community Foundations.