Individuals and families

We have more than 23 years’ experience in setting up named funds for individuals and families in Dorset

Since our inception in 2000 we have distributed more than £14 million in grant funding.

Individuals and families

Bespoke service

If you know that you want to give but are not sure how, or where your money will make the most impact, we are here to guide you. We can design a bespoke fund that meets your specific requirements so that it works within your parameters and targets the issues you care about in the communities that interest you most.

Because we understand Dorset and its voluntary sector better than anyone else, we know the voluntary groups and charities delivering wonderful work in communities across the county but we can undertake any specific research needed to home in on the causes closest to your heart.

The number of charities asking for help and needing support can be overwhelming. By working closely with us you can be sure that any grant we make on your behalf is carefully assessed by our independent grants panel – and then closely monitored to ensure your money makes the biggest difference possible and that you receive a full report.

  • Setting up a fund with Dorset Community Foundation is an alternative to setting up your own charity or trust fund. This may be of interest if:
  • You are in receipt of a legacy or wanting to leave one
  • You are earning or have inherited substantial sums
  • You are selling a business or shares
  • You own property or assets that exceed everyday needs

Giving you added reassurance

  • We deal with all requests for support and manage all grant awards made
  • We can involve your wider family and close friends if you wish
  • We provide feedback from the groups/individuals that benefit from your giving and the opportunity to meet and be involved with the people and projects you have supported
  • We can provide you with information on the most tax-efficient ways to give, keeping administration fees to a minimum
  • Our management fees represent excellent value for money
  • The Charity Commission acknowledges that Community Foundations have a reputation for the effective management of charitable funds in order to maximise their impact at a local level

See the benefits of your own fund in our Named Fund vs Own Charity Factsheet

For more information on setting up an individual or family fund please contact our CEO Grant Robson on 01202 670815 or email him at

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