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London Community Foundation

Piano House, Unit 7, 9 Brighton Street
London, SW9 8DJ
United Kingdom

Mission

Our vision is of a strong and generous London where residents, business, government and civil society are inspired to act for the benefit of all who live in their city, leading the way in social action and philanthropic activity. Our mission: The London Community Foundation makes a difference to the lives of Londoners by connecting people who need help with those who are willing to give. That’s what we do. We are dedicated to improving the lives of London’s most disadvantaged. Child poverty, unemployment, isolation, homelessness, domestic violence and gang crime are just some of the issues we tackle through our grantmaking.

Most Meaningful Change

Since 2011 we have been working with residents and local stakeholders in and around Loughborough Junction, an area of high deprivation that faces multiple issues including high unemployment and youth violence. However, it is also an area where people are passionate about seeing a change in their community and working together to do it. We employ a community development manager in the area who supports residents and groups in efforts to develop local networks and partnerships, build capacity, utilize local facilities and help people to take their ideas forward. Work to date has included education and training projects for young people, the formation of Loughborough Women’s group, community festivals and resident engagement events, a project supporting working mothers, and our Community Challenge Fund-supporting individual residents to develop ideas for projects they would like to see in their community, ranging from legal advice to yoga, money management and community growing.

1995 Year Founded
$19,971,990 Endowment Value
$9,236,552 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Top Programmatic Priorities
Population Area Served

8,000,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationLondon Community Foundation
Address 1Piano House, Unit 7, 9 Brighton Street
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownLondon
State / RegionDid not answer
ZIP / Postal CodeSW9 8DJ
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
Phone44 (0) 020 7582 5117
Emailamy@londoncf.org.uk
Websitewww.londoncf.org.uk
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Sonal Shah, CEO; Victoria Warne, Director of Programmes; Deputy CEO
Primary Contact’s NameAmy Hinrichs
Primary Contact’s PositionDevelopment Manager
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1995
Mission StatementOur vision is of a strong and generous London where residents, business, government and civil society are inspired to act for the benefit of all who live in their city, leading the way in social action and philanthropic activity. Our mission: The London Community Foundation makes a difference to the lives of Londoners by connecting people who need help with those who are willing to give. That’s what we do. We are dedicated to improving the lives of London’s most disadvantaged. Child poverty, unemployment, isolation, homelessness, domestic violence and gang crime are just some of the issues we tackle through our grantmaking.
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced8,000,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)16
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members13
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$11,314,932
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$11,040,194
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$9,236,552
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$19,971,990
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsA little improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a centrally important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed an important role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a centrally important role
Government initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed an important role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyVery little time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyVery little time
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationImportant but not central
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityImportant but not central
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityImportant but not central
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
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
EducationLot
EnvironmentLittle
HealthLot
Human and social servicesFair amount
Human rightsLittle
International relationsLittle
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLittle
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingLittle
ChildrenLot
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefLittle
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingLot
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 organizationsOften
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffNever
ResearchOccasionally
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentRarely
InternshipsRarely
Providing space for local organizationsRarely
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting much worse
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting worse
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting much worse
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting much worse
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting worse
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting worse
Value of community assetsGetting worse
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
PovertyMuch achievement
CrimeMuch achievement
Trust among different sections of the communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesSome important achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsMuch achievement
Responsiveness of authoritiesA few small achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsSome important achievements
Quality of the environmentA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important 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 foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLittle
Informal associations of citizensNot at all
Non-governmental organizationsLittle
Local governmentLittle
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesN/A
SchoolsNot at all
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
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 doesNo
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 environmentVery important
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceNeither important nor unimportant
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyVery important
More responsive authoritiesImportant
OtherSenior volunteers with expertise in what is most valuable and with connections in the community
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsSince 2011 we have been working with residents and local stakeholders in and around Loughborough Junction, an area of high deprivation that faces multiple issues including high unemployment and youth violence. However, it is also an area where people are passionate about seeing a change in their community and working together to do it. We employ a community development manager in the area who supports residents and groups in efforts to develop local networks and partnerships, build capacity, utilize local facilities and help people to take their ideas forward. Work to date has included education and training projects for young people, the formation of Loughborough Women’s group, community festivals and resident engagement events, a project supporting working mothers, and our Community Challenge Fund-supporting individual residents to develop ideas for projects they would like to see in their community, ranging from legal advice to yoga, money management and community growing.
 

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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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