Who we are
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation
(HIWCF) is an independent charitable foundation and the
largest grant maker to specialise in awarding grants
across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and
Southampton to smaller, less well-known charities,
community groups and voluntary organisations.
We have built endowment funds of over £15m for the
long term benefit of our communities and in the last 10
years we have distributed over £10m in grants to
support over 3,000 community projects across
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We are proud to have
reached out to nearly 500,000 people living in our local
Working with our partners, the Foundation is well
placed to address the challenges presented by the
Covid-19 crisis, which has caused enormous hardship in
our communities, damaging the health, wellbeing and
livelihoods of local people. In response, HIWCF
established a ‘We’re All Together’ campaign, which
began raising funds in March 2020, to provide
emergency grants to those resourceful local charities
and community groups that either sprang up to help
vulnerable local people affected by the lockdown, or
extended their existing services to help those in need.
Due to the amazing generosity of our donors, the
National Emergency Trust and others, so far we have
raised in excess of £2.2 million to help support those
crucial groups and services who on a daily basis are
working tirelessly to meet the needs of those in our
More about our recent work can be found in our
Annual Review 2019-2020:
• Overseeing and presenting budgets, management accounts and financial statements.
• Being assured that the financial resources of HIWCF meet its present and future
• Presentation of Treasurer’s written and financial reports to the Board of Trustees.
• Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place.
• Liaising with paid staff and volunteers about financial matters.
• Advising on the financial implications of HIWCF’s strategic plans.
• Ensuring that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by the
Charity Commission and the Registrar of Companies.
• Keeping the Board of Trustees informed about its financial duties and
• Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the Annual General Meeting and
drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easy to understand way.
• Providing support to the Finance Manager on technical aspects of the role.
• Chairing the Finance & Investment Sub-committee.
• Oversight of the investment strategy investment advisors and auditors.
In addition to the qualities needed by all trustees, the Treasurer should also possess the
• Relevant qualifications and experience e.g. qualified Accountant.
• A willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.
• The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences.
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