Join the Friends of the Foundation

Become a Friend

We are proud that CCF’s Friends scheme has been successfully running for 16 years.  Since 2004, the Friends of the CCF has been making a real difference to Cornish communities at grassroots level, where very often only a few hundred pounds can help transform a good idea into a successful project that benefits the local community.  We have seen positive outcomes time and time again, reinforcing our Charity’s aim of strengthening communities within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

A little history…

CCF’s first chair Lady Mary Holborow and fellow Trustees launched the Friends’ scheme in 2004.  By the end of the year 60 Friends had signed-up, pledging a yearly amount by standing order.  Since then the Friends’ scheme has been gaining momentum and currently we have more than 350 Friends who really do care about helping Cornwall’s local communities.  Our aim is to increase our membership to 500, which we predict can be reached within the next few years.

What does it mean to be a Friend of CCF?

  • By becoming a Friend you will be contributing regularly to the many good causes supported by the Cornwall Community Foundation.
  • You will be kept up-to-date with CCF’s news via our monthly e-newsletter.
  • Will be invited to exclusive events like ‘Seeing Is Believing’ and the ‘Friends Drinks party.’
  • You will be invited for a complimentary Tregothnan Cream Tea at the Royal Cornwall Show.
  • The Friends’ scheme has its own fund which awards grants on an annual basis to community groups.
  • A minimum donation of £30 per year, or more if you wish.

The Friends’ Grant Award

The Friends’ Fund annual award has granted close to £75,000 to local community groups in the last 16 years.  Grants were awarded to local community groups whose members were living in crisis and needed help.  CAB’s, Street Pastors, Foodbanks, Live-at-Home Schemes, Foyers and Refuges have all benefited from a Friends’ grant award, directly helping individuals in need.

Join the Friends of the Foundation here.

A lasting impact with an endowed fund

If you would like to create a long lasting impact you can create your own named endowment fund. A named endowment fund involves a single donation or multiple donations over a period of time. The capital is invested and the income earned is awarded in grants. It is a sustainable and sustained donation that has a long-lasting impact for the community, providing a continual annual income for grant-making. Find more about the benefits of a named fund here.

Leaving a gift in your will

We understand that your family will be first in your thoughts when writing your will. After taking care of them, you may wish to consider helping your community for years to come by leaving a gift to the Cornwall Community Foundation. By simply naming us as a beneficiary in your will, you enable us to support a wide range of causes and respond to changing local needs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Alternatively, you can support a particular cause or area close to your heart. Please find more details here.

Tax efficient giving

Giving to your community can be very tax efficient. Click here for more details.