How to give

Steve Manwaring is Chief Executive of Hastings Voluntary Action. Here he talks about the vital role Sussex Community Foundation plays in supporting the communities in Sussex to build solutions to the problems they face.


Making it easy to give to Sussex in the way you choose 

Sussex Community Foundation helps donors who want to give to Sussex to plan their giving. By using donors’ funds to make grants directly to smaller charities and community groups, we improve the quality of people’s lives across Sussex. Since 2006, we have raised £45 million for Sussex, over £23 million of which is in endowment for the future. 

The main service we provide for donors is our ‘named fund’ but there are plenty of other options too. We offer the donor a bespoke, flexible and convenient service, whether you are an individual, a family, a company or a charitable trust, so you can plan and develop your giving in the way that you want. We undertake all the day-to-day work involved in managing your fund and running the grant-making programme. We put you in touch with the smaller, less well-known charities and community groups that  need your support. Our guarantee is that money donated to us will only be spent locally in support of  Sussex.

We are here to stay. Our substantial endowment fund means we are helping tackle today’s needs as well as investing in the future. if you are considering establishing a fund or leaving a legacy to the local community, you can be assured that  we will honour your charitable wishes in perpetuity. Have a look at some of the ways we can help you plan your giving.


For individuals and families »

We work with many Sussex people and and families who want to give locally in their communities.



Many Sussex-based companies work with us to deliver their corporate social responsibilities.



We work with local authorities, district and town councils across the county to help them support the voluntary sector in Sussex.



We’ve helped charities and trusts across the county fulfil their charitable aims into the future.



We work closely with professional advisers to help their clients make the most of their charitable giving.

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