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The Utterly brilliant Berkshire Community Foundation

In this charities and not-for-profit podcast episode, Ruo Wu had an inspiring discussion with Jon Yates (the joint CEO of the Berkshire Community Foundation (alongside Gerry Lejune OBE)). They spoke about how the charity provides millions of pounds to local charities as well as:

  • Jon’s journey into the charities sector;
  • Tips on how small Berkshire based charities can secure funding from Berkshire Community Foundation;
  • Berkshire Community Foundation’s own elegant mix of funders;
  • Berkshire Community Foundation’s “#IWILL2022” fund, looking to support social action activities that create opportunities for young people aged 10-20, to develop their potential and their capacity to significantly contribute to their community:;
  • Berkshire Community Foundation’s 3 year business plan (2021-2024), and the four pillars of Community Impact, Growing Philanthropy, Leadership in thought and action, and Being Fit to Succeed;
  • “Vital Signs Report” – a community ‘health check’ that explores the quality of life in local communities and identifies Berkshire’s priorities, needs and opportunities for action;
  • Berkshire Community Foundation’s dormant trust service:; and
  • Celebrating Berkshire Community Foundation’s “Surviving Winter Appeal” which is targeting any money raised to those community groups who provide vital services to vulnerable people to ensure that they have the resources they need to continue to deliver in these times of spiralling costs:; Anouck Giraud’s fundraising efforts for the CEO Sleep Out UK , a charity fighting homelessness which organises sleep outs in all major cities throughout the UK in order to raise awareness and funds benefiting grassroots homelessness charities and the charity Street Paws which provides free accessible vet care and support services to homeless people and their pets across the UK:; and FSP’s free charities seminar taking place between 11am to 3pm on Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at the Reading Town Hall. FSP will be hosting this free in person event to discuss and share tips on new charity registrations as well as a first look at the new Charities Act 2022 and the impact this will have on existing and new charities. To register, please visit:

Listen to the full podcast here:

Speaker bio:

Having spent over 20 years working in accountancy, Jon came to a decision in 2008 that what he really wanted to do was to utilise his skills to help people.  He joined Berkshire Community Foundation in 2019 as Chief Operating Officer, with 12 years of experience in Community Foundations – having previously served as Development Director at Wiltshire Community Foundation and Chief Executive at Dorset Community Foundation.  Jon most enjoys engaging people in what BCF is able to do, discovering how it can amplify and maximise their philanthropic intentions, and, in doing so, generating resources to alleviate social injustice. As vocational as that is, Jon does allow himself time to be ignored by his teenage children, and to be, as many people are, a frustrated writer with his first novel due for completion any decade now!