How to Give

Guide to Giving

At Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF), we believe that your charitable giving should be a positive, fulfilling, and uplifting experience.

We know that you may have a lot of questions about how to give efficiently, knowledgeably and in a way that makes a real difference. Whether you want to donate a significant sum, or start off small, our Guide to Giving will help you get your giving off to a good start.

BLCF has been at the forefront of charitable funding in the county for more than 21 years. We have advised individuals, families and organisations in the county as to how to give effectively and efficiently, and we are sure we can help you achieve your charitable aims.


A study* into the barriers to charitable giving found a lack of faith in charities and a lack of control over how donations are used were two of the biggest reasons holding people back from giving more to their community.

It’s understandable. It’s only natural when you make a donation, especially a significant one, that you want to know it has been spent wisely.

But when this is not your area of expertise it can be difficult to know what to look out for, how to ask the right questions and how to get the peace of mind you need to feel confident that your gift will make a real difference. You need expert insight into the most deserving causes that meet your community’s greatest and most urgent needs. We can share this with you.

The study found 42% of high net worth individuals believed their donations would not be large enough to have a significant impact. At BLCF we make sure every penny you donate counts.

*Source: Savanta Study, 2020


Supporting You Supporting Us

When you work with us, we will provide proportionate support and information about how your fund or donation is used. This may include:

  1. A Relationship Manager
  2. The opportunity for your logo (or a created logo / name) to appear on fund publicity and documents jointly with BLCF
  3. A Fund Distribution Report after each round
  4. An Annual Fund Financial Statement
  5. An Annual Fund Infographic
  6. An Annual Review Meeting
  7. Grants Panel Training (if you wish to sit on the Grants Panel for your Fund)
  8. Invitations to speak at or attend funded groups’ events