Love Kingston is a Fund of The London Community Foundation (LCF) working in partnership with Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA) - launched on 4th October 2012 - initially part of the Transforming Local Infrastructure project funded by the Office for Civil Society, Big Fund.
In its first three years we have not only established Love Kingston as the ‘go-to’ place for local giving in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, we have supported some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Kingston through five local causes.
Our first five local projects were chosen because of their commitment to ‘pathways out of poverty’. They include Kingston Foodbank, Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness, Oxygen, Hestia (Kingston Women’s Refuge) and Surrey Save (Kingston Savers – the borough’s first credit union).
These dedicated, passionate local causes support local residents to improve their lives including homeless people, women escaping domestic violence, families without a meal on the table or in financial hardship, and disadvantaged young people.
We have also started building the Kingston Legacy Fund, providing a sustainable source of income to meet future and changing needs in the borough.
We are delighted that local individuals have set up their own Donor Advised Fund with funding ring-fenced for grant-making in Kingston.
Our partnership project with Kingston Voluntary Action has additionally supported 80 local causes to start fundraising with Localgiving.com, enabling them to raise vital funds to support local people when they need it most.
Collectively we have raised more than £300,000 since our launch. With the help of our donors we can make Kingston a better place for all. If you would like to know more about our work or get involved please get in touch.