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South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation provides a personal service to help individuals, families and companies invest in the local communities of South Yorkshire.

Our 30 years of local knowledge enables us to match the passions and values of donors with projects and initiatives that meet local needs. We can work together to improve quality of life, tackle disadvantage, and build stronger communities for all.

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Individuals and Families

“SYCF made the process of setting up our Charitable Fund very easy. It is important to us that our money is used to support local projects that align with our specific interests.” – Neil & Julie MacDonald

Giving is a personal experience, which is why our philanthropy services are flexible and responsive to your needs, values and charitable wishes.

Personal Funds

A unique feature of Community Foundations is our ability to establish a Personal Fund that is a simple, cost effective alternative to a charitable trust. Setting up a Personal Fund with SYCF opens up exciting new opportunities to make a real difference to the local community.

A Personal Fund is unique to you and can be established from £25,000 and built up over a period of time.

We will work with you to fully understand how you wish to give and then recommend the most appropriate type of fund for you.

You choose:

  • the name of your fund (or whether to stay anonymous)
  • the area it benefits
  • the fund’s charitable priorities
  • your level of involvement is up to you: direct where the funding goes yourself or let our expert team find the causes that fit your priorities

Types of Personal Fund

Endowment
The personal fund that ‘keeps on giving’, an endowment fund lets us invest the capital sum and use the income to make grants year after year. This means your donation creates a lasting legacy for South Yorkshire, providing sustainable funding for communities.

Did you know we have built up our Endowment Funds to more than £10m over the last thirty years? Thanks to our donors’ generosity, we are well on our way to securing a better future for South Yorkshire.

Distribution
This fund has immediate impact in a community. This funding option means that your donation is used for short term grant making which reacts responsively to current needs within our communities.

Geographical Funds

An alternative to setting up your own Personal Fund is to donate to an existing geographical fund for Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster or for South Yorkshire overall.

SY100

Our patronage scheme allows you to make an annual contribution to our work building stronger communities. SY100 offers a number of different ways to get involved and as a thank you for your support, you will receive a member’s pack which includes a Certificate of Giving.

Acorn Funds

Acorn Funds offer an easy way to build an Endowment Fund over time, rather than establishing a Personal Fund in one lump sum. Donations can be made in line with donors wishes and can be a combination of annual donations, single donations, and a legacy gift. The fund enables grant giving year after year once a Personal Fund (£25,000) has been created.

A final contribution with a legacy in a will can also be put in place so a final gift can be made into the fund.

Businesses

“The South Yorkshire Community Foundation has met our expectations over 5 years, we both endorse their work and recommend the SYCF as a trustworthy and able administrator of charitable funds.” – Chris Rea, Managing Director on behalf of the AESSEAL Group of Companies

We help local businesses fulfil their charitable goals and to support local communities they care about. We can add value to Corporate Social Responsibility activities, whether you wish to make a strategic, long-term, short-term or responsive impact within the communities in which you operate.

A unique feature of community foundations is the ability to establish a Personal Fund that is a simple, cost effective alternative to a charitable trust. Setting up an Personal Fund with SYCF opens up exciting new opportunities to make a real difference to the local community.

We will work with you to fully understand how you wish to give and then recommend the most appropriate type of fund for you.

Personal Funds

A business’ charitable wishes can be just as unique as those of an individual.

Personal Funds can be established from £25,000 and can be built up over a period of time.

Your business chooses:

  • the name of your fund (or whether to stay anonymous)
  • the area it benefits
  • the fund’s charitable priorities
  • your business has control over your level of involvement, meaning you can choose where the funding goes or to let our expert team find the causes that fit the fund priorities you set

Types of Personal Fund

Endowment
The personal fund that ‘keeps on giving’, an endowment fund lets us invest the capital sum and use the income to make grants year after year. This means your donation creates a lasting legacy for South Yorkshire, providing sustainable funding for communities.

Did you know we have built up our Endowment Funds to more than £10m over the last thirty years? Thanks to our donors’ generosity, we are well on our way to securing a better future for South Yorkshire.

Distribution
This fund has immediate impact in a community. This funding option means that your  donation is used for short term grant making which reacts responsively to current needs within our communities.

Geographical Funds

An alternative to setting up a Personal Fund is to donate to an existing geographical fund for Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster or for South Yorkshire overall.

SY100

Our patronage scheme allows you to make an annual contribution to our work building stronger communities. SY100 offers a number of different ways to get involved and as a thank you for your support, you will receive a member’s pack which includes a Certificate of Giving.

Charity of the Year

Making SYCF your charity of the year means not only will you be supporting our vital work but we will work with you to ensure your contribution to our charity is properly recognised as well as invite you to our annual events.

SY100

“Deep inequalities are present across South Yorkshire between different communities and people. If we aspire to make a positive change and narrow the gap between successful individuals and companies and seriously deprived communities, we must work together.” – Julie A Kenny CBE DL,  Pyronix Limited  


Our SY100 patronage scheme gives you the opportunity to join us as we continue our work building a stronger South Yorkshire. An annual donation from you enables us to sustain and continue our work supporting local communities.

Join SY100 with a donation that works best for you.

  • become a Friend with a donation of £500
  • a Supporter for £1,000
  • an Ambassador with a £2,000 donation per year

SY100 is an easy way to demonstrate your commitment to making South Yorkshire a better place.

If you choose to become a SY100 member you will also be encouraged to support us further by spreading the word and helping us to connect with like minded people.

Whichever way you decide to help, the best part is that by directly supporting your local Community Foundation you are making a difference right on your own doorstep.

Although we understand that nothing can beat the knowledge that you are doing your bit to help South Yorkshire, as a thank you for joining SY100 you will also receive a members pack which includes a certificate of giving, instant access to information on the social impact of community giving, downloadable case studies from the SYCF website and invitations to events. You will also be able to use our logo on your website and all your publications and we will include your logo or company name on our website too.

Find out who is already a member here

Leave a Legacy

Leaving a gift in a will can make a huge difference to local communities and we welcome gifts of all sizes. Gifts can be used to create Personal Funds, contribute to Geographical Funds or to the SYCF Charitable Administration Fund.

Different kinds of legacy

A Pecuniary Legacy – is a fixed amount specified in your will. It is free of tax, which adds considerably to the value of your gift.

A Residuary Legacy – is the remaining value of your estate after all other bequests to family and friends have been made.

A Reversionary Legacy – allows family and friends to benefit from your estate during their lifetime and then for the balance of the estate to pass to the Community Foundation.

Specific – a particular item, such as shares, property or valuables, left to the Foundation will be free of inheritance tax.

 

In Focus: Acorn Funds

“I was Chairman of SYCF for 10 years and during that time I donated to SYCF to help cover the costs of vital work. Now, I wish to continue my support by building a named endowment, with the income supporting need in South Yorkshire for many years to come. Setting up an Acorn Fund appealed to us as a family because it meant we could give a meaningful amount, but over time in an affordable way.” – Jonathan Hunt, Former SYCF Chairman

Acorn Funds offer an easy way to build an Endowment Fund over time, rather than establishing a Personal Fund in one lump sum. Donations can be made in line with donors wishes and can be a combination of annual donations, single donations, and a legacy gift. The fund enables grant giving year after year once a Personal Fund (£25,000) has been created.

A final contribution with a legacy in a will can also be put in place so a final gift can be made into the fund.

If you would like to find out more about Acorn Funds then please scroll down to the bottom of this page for contact information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Charitable Trust

“SYCF provided an invaluable and effective solution for a variety of dormant Trusts held by Barnsley Council as Trustee.”
– Joanne Needham, Senior Legal Officer, Barnsley MBC

We specialise in the management and distribution of funds for local charitable causes and projects.

SYCF can take over trusts that have become dormant or ineffective or where trustees wish to retire. We provide guidance to the existing trustees on the correct process required by the Charity Commission for the transfer of funds.

SYCF can help unlock the true potential of trust funds. Options could include:

  • dissolving the trust and making a donation to SYCF
  • transferring the assets to set up a new fund with us
  • entering into a management agreement with SYCF whereby we administer funds on behalf of the trusts
  • appointing us as the sole trustee of your charity, maintaining the charity name and number

Added benefits – Our expertise means we can offer a flexible and cost effective way of managing trusts on your behalf, removing the need for day to day administration and maximising the impact for the benefit of local communities.

Read the Charity Commission’s Endorsement of Community Foundations

 

Public Sector

“SYCF helped us to connect with and invest in projects that are working within communities to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Sheffield.”
– Tim Furness, Director of Business Planning and Partnerships,
NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

We have 30 years of experience working with Public Sector bodies. Our expert team enables us to offer a professional, cost effective and independent service.

To ensure that your grants programme meets your strategic priorities, we consult with you to discuss the:

  • focus of your fund
  • area of benefit
  • size and type of grants you wish to make
  • impact you want the programme to achieve
  • type of decision making panel needed

Once a Fund is set up you don’t need to worry about the administration or due diligence:

  • we also devise the grant application form, guidelines and publicity
  • after applications are assessed they are presented to the grants panel and once decisions have been made we will notify the applicants and make the necessary payments to successful applicants
  • you can also rest assured that your grants will be spent properly as we monitor all expenditure and keep you well informed with an annual report

 

Themed Funds

Our themed funds are designed to react responsively to urgent community needs. The funding is distributed quickly and effectively to the local community organisations meeting that need and able to have the greatest impact supporting those affected.

The CSE Fund

There is currently a greater need than ever to support and help to resource community groups working to support survivors of child sexual exploitation and to help others also affected by the abuses. This fund helps meet the needs of all survivors of child sexual exploitation across South Yorkshire.

CSE Fund helps charities & community groups:

  • provide outreach work and specialised support
  • maintain and gain the resources needed
  • preventative and educational action to help put a stop to further cases.

This new fund provides an opportunity for the community at large to show their support for the survivors and their families.

 

Or use the contact information at the bottom of this page and get in touch with our team to donate in another way.

Thank you.

Sponsorship and Volunteering

Supporting your local Community Foundation through sponsorship is a great way to demonstrate how much you care about your local community. Whether you’re a local business or an individual there are a number of simple ways you can make a big local impact.

Sponsor our events or publications

Each year we report on our impact and achievements and host annual events to spread awareness of what we do and the incredible work being achieved every day by local community groups.

You can choose to help us by sponsoring an event or publication and by doing so help us to sustain and grow our charity.

Volunteering Time or Experience

Individuals can volunteer with us. Our volunteers are absolutely essential to our work. It is safe to say that without them we would not be able to do what we do. From helping the staff team with day to day administration to joining one of our decision making panels for our grant making, your support will make a huge difference our work.

To find out more please get in touch via the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Donor Endorsements

Individuals & Families

“Supporting local, small and often unseen community groups is close to my heart, where local people work without recognition to make South Yorkshire a better place for us all. Hugh and I would encourage anyone to become involved with South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation as they provide vital support for these hidden groups and unsung heroes. Establishing our Charitable Fund’s has been a rewarding experience, helping us support amazing local projects and many of the unsung local heroes.”
– Lady Sykes

“SYCF made the process of setting up our Charitable Fund very easy. It is important to us that our money is used to support local projects that align with our specific interests. Having understood our objectives, SYCF has been key in suggesting potential beneficiaries, and the process of directing the money has been both straightforward and rewarding. We have been able to make a real difference to numerous causes, some of which we wouldn’t even have known about without the SYCF”
– Neil and Julie MacDonald

Businesses

“The South Yorkshire Community Foundation has been responsible for the management and administration of several AESSEAL charities since January 2010. As an Excellence Practitioner, AESSEAL prefers to work with Best Practice Organisations. As the South Yorkshire Community Foundation has met our expectations over 5 years, we both endorse their work and recommend the SYCF as a trustworthy and able administrator of charitable funds.” – Chris Rea, OBE, BSc, CEng, FIMechE, DL, Managing Director, On behalf of the AESSEAL Group of Companies

“Corporate Responsibility is integral to our core business values and an important element of this is supporting the communities in which we operate. We support local groups and charities through donations of time, expertise and financial support and have been working with the South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF) for over 20 years to help us connect with communities across South Yorkshire. We established Henry Boot charitable endowment funds at SYCF to provide long-term investment in communities, where grants are made to different individual projects each year. The community knowledge of SYCF helps to ensure our financial investment reaches projects that make a real difference to local people and they are a valued partner in our Corporate Responsibility activities.”
– Rachel White, Head of HR, Henry Boot PLC

“We are proud to support such a valuable charity that has a positive impact on the lives of local people and helps achieve our commitment to making the Sheffield City Region a better place in which to live and work. Setting up our Charitable Fund has been a simple and an effective way to support young people in some of our most disadvantaged communities. We can also contribute our time and expertise in meaningful ways, such as volunteering at some of the projects we have supported and setting up a panel of professional advisers to support the charity’s work with local philanthropists.”
– Suzy Harris- Milnes, Senior Manager Tax, Grant Thornton UK LLP

Public Sector

“We partnered with South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF) to open a Sheffield CCG Health Fund, to distribute grants to community and voluntary groups and charities who could make a significant difference to the provision of sustainable health support in line with our key strategic priorities. SYCF helped us to connect with and invest in projects that are working within communities to improve the health and well being of people in Sheffield. SYCF were responsive to our needs, objectives and time frames and provided an extremely professional grant making service to ensure our investment had effective outcomes.”
– Tim Furness, Director of Business and Planning, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group.

Charitable Trusts

“I was impressed and thrilled to get the latest report on the Samuel Roberts Fund. Thank you all so much for keeping what was originally ‘The Aged Female Society’ funds in such fine shape. I will circulate the reports you recently sent to me around my family whom I know will be delighted to see you helping so many people. The grants you have given would undoubtedly have been fully supported by my
great-great-great grandfather.”
– Sir Samuel Roberts Bt, The Samuel Roberts Trust Grassroots Endowment Fund

“SYCF provided an invaluable and effective solution for a variety of dormant Trusts held by Barnsley Council as Trustee. With their help and guidance we consulted with the Charity Commission to combine all the assets into one new charitable fund to benefit Barnsley communities. The new fund is effectively managed by SYCF to provide funding for community projects. It has been fantastic to see all these dormant assets revitalised to support Barnsley communities.”
– Joanne Needham, Senior Legal Officer, Barnsley MBC

Donor Charter

SYCF Donor Charter

Whichever way you choose to donate, rest assured that our 30 years of local knowledge puts us in a unique position to make your charitable wishes come true.

Begin your giving journey today

Our team are here to help you with your charitable wishes. If you are interested in becoming a member of SY100 or volunteering please speak to Sonia. For all other enquiries please get in touch with our Philanthropy Manager, Maria.


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