Our Values, Vision, Mission & Strategy

Our Vision

Our vision for Somerset is a place with strong communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Our Mission

We help passionate people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep by funding local causes and inspiring local giving and philanthropy

Our Values

We’re here for everyone: We embed diverse perspectives throughout everything we do and welcome and value the uniqueness in everyone

We drive equity: We work to better understand the needs, challenges, dreams and aspirations of historically underfunded communities* and take positive action to redress the balance

We act with integrity: We’re transparent about how and why we do things and always do the best we can

We lead with kindness: We’re supportive, compassionate and respectful to each other and everyone we serve

We strive to be better: We seek and reflect on feedback and insight, foster collaboration, and share our learnings to get better results.

*For us, historically underfunded communities are communities who are marginalised or otherwise disadvantaged due to background, geography or other socio-economic factors that we have historically underfunded.

This includes, but is not limited to, organisations led by and for minority ethnic communities, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as people living in the most deprived neighbourhoods, and people living in isolated rural communities.


Our 2021 – 2025 strategy: Thriving Somerset Communities

In spring 2021, we launched our new strategy, Thriving Somerset Communities, in which we set out four key strategic priorities for the next four years that will help us better respond to the needs of our charities, donors and communities now and in the future.

To view our strategy online, please click on the thumbnail below. To download or view our strategy as a PDF, click here.

Our Theory of Change

As part of our strategy development work, Somerset Community Foundation developed this Theory of Change in the spring of 2021 to help to reflect on, learn from and improve our work in Somerset. This document sets out the context we are working within, the changes that SCF hopes to see in Somerset, our view about how these changes might come about, the external environmental factors that may affect this, and the specific contribution SCF can make.

To download a PDF of our Theory of Change, click here.



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