Individuals and families

Devon Community Foundation is privileged to work with families and individuals, to help them get the most from their charitable giving.

Community Foundations are an ideal vehicle for philanthropists to put some structure around their giving to achieve maximum impact in their community. Offering a flexible alternative to creating conventional charitable trusts or a foundation, which can prove complicated and costly to set up and administer. The administrative and governance burden on trustees running a charitable trust is ever increasing and, understandably, can be off-putting to those who just want to see their giving in action. We offer a practical solution, making charitable giving to local causes stress free, easy and enjoyable. Whether you’re looking to establish a personal fund through a lifetime donation or a legacy in your will, or wish to reduce the administrative burden of an existing trust, we can work with you to find the best solution. The Wace Family Fund and the Earth to Earth Fund are two great examples of the power of local philanthropy.

The Foundation offers a tailored philanthropy advice service to establish the parameters, criteria and focus for your Fund. If you wish we are also happy to arrange private project visits. The Foundation is committed to awarding high impact grants on behalf of its donors, producing yearly Impact Reports on your Named Fund to show what your giving has achieved. There are several options for your giving through the Foundation: 

Named Fund
Choose between establishing your unique Named Fund as either:
An Endowment Fund which invests for the future making grants annually
or  
An Immediate Impact Fund awarding grants in a one-off programme, and which can be renewed on an ongoing basis 

Community Grants Fund
Be part of this life changing endowment Fund for Devon by gifting any amount to one of our 10 Thriving Communities themes and becoming part of our community of donors.

Create a Legacy
The Foundation will work closely with you or your solicitor to manage a charitable gift in your will, enabling you to make a lasting impact on the causes you care most about.  

Information Sheet
Setting up a Charitable Trust or Establishing a Fund with DCF