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Milton Keynes Community Foundation

Acorn House, 381 Midsummer Boulevard
Central Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK9 3HP
United Kingdom

Mission

To connect people with resources, skills and ideas to enrich lives and create positive growth for Milton Keynes

Most Meaningful Change

The 2013 Vital Signs Pilot has enabled us to engage with the local charitable sector and beyond in a focused and productive way, promoting a greater understanding of the nature and scale of community need. Through our “community philanthropy” approach we encourage all donors to become more engaged with local issues and to give in a more strategic and impact-driven manner. We bring together donors and recipients by hosting “seeing is believing” project visits, donor circle events, round-table discussion groups, philanthropy lectures and presentations, and one-on-one donor support. The development of the Philanthropy Fellowship has created a network of local philanthropists who not only provide significant financial support but encourage others to give, committing their time, skills and resources to promote philanthropy.

1986 Year Founded
$16,632,104 Endowment Value
$896,568 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Top Programmatic Priorities
Population Area Served

268,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationMilton Keynes Community Foundation
Address 1Acorn House, 381 Midsummer Boulevard
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownCentral Milton Keynes
State / RegionBuckinghamshire
ZIP / Postal CodeMK9 3HP
CountryUnited Kingdom
ContinentEurope
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone01908 690276
Emailsile.kelleher@mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk
Websitewww.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Julia Upton, Chief Executive
Primary Contact’s NameSile Kelleher
Primary Contact’s PositionOperations Assistant
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1986
Mission StatementTo connect people with resources, skills and ideas to enrich lives and create positive growth for Milton Keynes
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced268,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)17
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members16
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$4,065,328
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$3,841,665
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$896,568
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$16,632,104
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed an important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a centrally important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed an important role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed a centrally important role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a centrally important role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingNo role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyVery little time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityImportant but not central
Building inclusion and trust in the communityImportant but not central
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleImportant but not central
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentImportant but not central
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationFair amount
EnvironmentFair amount
HealthFair amount
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionLittle
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityFair amount
Information technologyFair amount
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingLittle
ChildrenFair amount
WaterLittle
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingFair amount
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesOccasionally
Promote understanding of public policyRarely
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsRarely
AdvocacyRarely
Loaned staffNever
ResearchOften
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentNever
InternshipsOccasionally
Providing space for local organizationsOften
Access to information technologyOccasionally
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeGetting better
Trust among different sections of the communityNo change
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting worse
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting worse
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting worse
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentNo change
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeSome important achievements
Trust among different sections of the communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Social position of marginalized groupsA few small achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsSome important achievements
Quality of the environmentWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityA few small achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Charitable giving through the community foundationMuch achievement
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingMuch achievement
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLittle
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLittle
Local governmentNot at all
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesNot at all
SchoolsNot at all
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersN/A
Regional association of grantmakersN/A
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationVery helpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentImportant
More volunteersVery unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceNeither important nor unimportant
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesImportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsThe 2013 Vital Signs Pilot has enabled us to engage with the local charitable sector and beyond in a focused and productive way, promoting a greater understanding of the nature and scale of community need. Through our “community philanthropy” approach we encourage all donors to become more engaged with local issues and to give in a more strategic and impact-driven manner. We bring together donors and recipients by hosting “seeing is believing” project visits, donor circle events, round-table discussion groups, philanthropy lectures and presentations, and one-on-one donor support. The development of the Philanthropy Fellowship has created a network of local philanthropists who not only provide significant financial support but encourage others to give, committing their time, skills and resources to promote philanthropy.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

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