The Dorset Community Foundation was founded with one simple aspiration – to make a difference in the lives of others through thoughtful, effective philanthropy. We are a charitable organisation that helps individuals, families, trusts and businesses achieve their charitable goals by offering tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible and effective.
Our Vision is to create united and thriving communities by fostering a culture of giving and philanthropy in Dorset.
Our Mission is to encourage and apply philanthropic contributions to help improve the quality of life amongst communities in Dorset now and for future generations, to provide grants to support the needs and issues in our county through the generosity of our donors, to connect the people who want to make a difference locally with the organisations that can effect change and to encourage greater community involvement.
As part of our mission we aim to build an endowment large enough to provide a permanent source of funding to address the needs and issues of future generations in Dorset.
Our Values are:
Knowledge – in our understanding of local communities and local issues
Collaboration – working together with individuals, families, companies, local and central Government and third sector organisations
Commitment – to addressing disadvantage and making a real difference now and in the future
Integrity – being honest, open and reliable in everything we do
Accountability – to our donors, partners and the local community
Transparency – in the way we work and how we manage funds and the grant process