Suffolk Community Foundation

Inspiring local giving and philanthropy to improve lives in Suffolk

Connecting causes that matter with people who care

We provide grants to help charities and community organisations who are supporting local people facing disadvantage, to improve their lives.

We do this by working with individuals, families, businesses, professional advisors, and charitable trusts, helping them to fund local groups that are tackling the issues they care about most.


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We understand the vital role of Suffolk’s community groups and grassroots charities in making a difference in people’s lives.

We champion your organisation by connecting you with our donors and funds which will support you to be stronger.


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The benefit of working with us is that we have the connections and experience to help you give to the issues you care about.

Every gift, large or small, makes a positive difference to individuals and to communities right here in Suffolk.

What we do

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Our work is set against the current backdrop of rising levels of need in Suffolk, with an estimated 75,000 now living in poverty.

Partnering with the VCFSE sector demonstrates that the will in Suffolk to provide support remains undiminished.

Professional Advisors

We have the privilege of building long-term and trusted relationships with many professional advisors and their clients.

An advisor’s expertise, when combined with the Foundation’s deep knowledge of local need, continues to provide wonderful opportunities for those who care about Suffolk to realise their charitable ambitions locally.

We provide a range of options for private clients, including:

  • Legacies & gifts in wills
  • Transferring the burden of running a charitable fund
  • Creating a personal fund
  • Creating a memorial fund
  • Trust transfers


Latest News

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Don't miss out on this wonderful event taking place in Bildeston on Thursday 2nd May, 

The Girl Choristers and Adults of St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir will be visiting St Mary Magdalene Church, Bildeston, Suffolk on Thursday 2nd May, to give a performance to remember. 

Over the course of an hour, they will be performing music from the Tudor period up to the present day, including special arrangements by the Cathedral Director of Music, Timothy Parsons.

The entertainment will be followed by canapes and champagne, prepared by @bildestoncrown and sponsored by @mauldonsbrewery 

Proceeds from the event will benefit both the church and Suffolk Community Foundation. Thank you for your support.

For tickets, please contact 

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We are delighted to announce the launch of a new charitable fund with Ellisons Solicitors. 
The Ellisons Foundation Fund will award grants annually to charities and voluntary organisations operating in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, where the firm’s Suffolk offices are situated. 

Describing the motivation behind setting up a fund in Suffolk, Guy Longhurst, Managing Partner, Ellisons Solicitors, said: “As a firm, we are committed to supporting the local community through the work that we do, our chosen providers and other engagements. We are delighted to be working with the Suffolk Community Foundation to establish our new charitable Fund." 

We look forward to working with Ellisons in the coming months and years.

#suffolkgiving #suffolkcharities #charitabledonations
We are delighted to be recruiting an Office Assistant Apprentice to join the team at Suffolk Community Foundation.

This newly-created role will be integral in assisting the office in the day to day 
operational function of the Foundation. The role will work alongside an Apprenticeship 
training course – Business Administrator (level 3), funded by the Foundation.

➡ For more information about the role, and how to apply, please visit the 'Join Our Team' page on our website (link in bio).

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We are delighted to announce that over £75,000 has been raised for the High Sheriff’s Fund managed by Suffolk Community Foundation. 

Mark Pendlington DL, former High Sheriff of Suffolk, concluded his tenure with this remarkable achievement through legacy fundraising projects, The High Sheriff of Suffolk’s Command Performance and #SuffolkHighSheriffAuction in association with Birketts LLP 

Mark Pendlington DL expressed his gratitude, saying, "I am so deeply grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from across Suffolk and beyond. This amazing generosity allows us to shine a spotlight on what is so special about our county, but also on the many challenges we face. Practical help and support can be directed to those who need and deserve it the most as we continue to bring all generations and communities together to ensure no-one is left behind. The greatest privilege of being High Sheriff is to help bring people together from all walks of life for the good of Suffolk, and I was truly humbled and inspired by their selfless kindness and generosity.” 

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive, Suffolk Community Foundation remarked, “Charities across Suffolk are working tirelessly to support people in our communities, facing so many challenges right now. The money raised will enable them to continue their vital work. We are incredibly grateful to the immense generosity of everyone involved and to the High Sheriff for his dedication to our cause.”

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