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.


Suffolk Refugee Sewing Group

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

Tim’s Surviving Winter Sleep Out For Suffolk

Tim’s Surviving Winter Sleep Out For Suffolk

On December 14th, Tim along with his dear friend Christine will be sleeping out to raise money and awareness for the Surviving Winter Appeal. Tim has been involved in promoting the Surviving Winter Appeal for nearly nine years and having met so many people who have...

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The Surviving Winter 2023/24 Appeal has launched!

The Surviving Winter 2023/24 Appeal has launched!

The Surviving Winter Appeal for 2023 /24 was launched on October 19th at West Suffolk College. A really great morning with partners, supporters, media and colleagues to hear from a panel of guests - We even made the news! A very big thank you to our speakers:- Cllr...

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We’re proud to support the @mentalhealthfoundation this Mental Health Awareness Week – 13 to 19 May. 

In Suffolk, 13.8% of residents have had a diagnosis of depression, and 1 in 4 people have experienced a common form of mental ill health.  We are honoured to support charities and organisations throughout the county that are working hard to help those in need.

Join in and help to create a world with good mental health for all. 

This year’s theme is movement: moving more for our mental health. Get involved by finding and sharing your moments for movement this Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Find out more: 

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MomentsForMovement 

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Thank you NFU Mutual Ipswich for your amazing donation! 

Suffolk Community Foundation was chosen as NFU Ipswich's charity of the year and, through fantastic fundraising efforts, over £7,000 has been raised specifically for rural projects. 

#suffolkcharities #charitabledonations #fundraising
We will be celebrating all things Suffolk next month on Suffolk Day, which takes place on Friday 21 June.

Haverhill will be hosting this year’s Suffolk Day Proclamation.  At this ceremony, the Suffolk Medal will be awarded to an individual – recognising their exceptional contribution to the county and its people.

For more information about Suffolk Day, please visit 

For more information about The Suffolk Medal, and to nominate someone, please visit

#lovesuffolk #suffolkday #suffolkmedal
Good luck @ipswichtownfootball tomorrow!  We're #backingtheblues in their final push for promotion.

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Thank you for supporting our Surviving Winter Appeal for 2023/24.

As the weather starts to improve, and we look towards summer, the cold winter months become a distant memory. However, we know that for many people in Suffolk, the increasing costs associated with heating a home during the cold weather feels like an impossible task. This is why we established the Surviving Winter Appeal and, now in its 13th year, the local need is greater than ever. 

With your help, the appeal raised £146,136 which has helped some of the most vulnerable households in Suffolk. 

Thank you for all your support and thank you to our incredible sponsors & partners:

Ipswich Citizens Advice
Pound Gates Chartered Insurance

Please note that, although the cold weather is coming to an end, the Surviving Winter Appeal is a year-round appeal and grants are still available via Ipswich Citizens Advice.

#survivingwinter #fuelpoverty #charitablegiving