Ronnie Bowker Foundation Fund

Photograph of Ronnie Bowker

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About the foundation

The Ronnie Bowker Foundation Fund (the foundation) was launched by Ernst & Young and the Bowker family to create a living legacy for Ronnie’s passion for the Birmingham & Black Country community. Ronnie was the office managing partner for Ernst & Young’s Birmingham office for 15 years, and he had a significant personal impact on both our local corporate and social communities, becoming something of an adopted Brummie. 

Ronnie led Ernst & Young’s Corporate Responsibility programme in the Midlands, focusing on local education, social and arts projects which were all very close to his heart.  Ronnie was always extremely keen to be directly involved in a wide range of initiatives across the Midlands, and inspired many of his colleagues, associates and friends to consider how they could help.

One such venture was the Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation and we are pleased that the foundation will be administered by the Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation. 

Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation works with many local donors, by pooling donations into an Endowment Fund, providing a permanent and growing fund for activities that strengthen communities today and in perpetuity.

Our Mission

The primary aim of the foundation is to support both community and voluntary groups working in challenged areas in Birmingham and the wider area, with a particular focus on Arts, Culture, Education and Training. The foundation will endeavour to ensure that our communities benefit both now and in the future, something that Ronnie always strived to do through his own community work

How to apply for funding

The foundation is not yet live but will be extremely keen to receive applications from voluntary/community organisations that are able to demonstrate that their project will bring benefit to the local community, particularly in one of the following areas: Arts, Culture, Education and Training. 

The fund will be open to applications of between £250 and £1500 from individuals and organisations. Applications for funding will be announced by Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation shortly.

Growing the Fund

You are welcome to donate to the fund! 

In acknowledgement of your support we will keep you up to date with progress, grants that are made, the impact and difference of grants made through the fund and give you the opportunity to see the difference your grant makes locally.

How to Give          

Please send your donations either by post (contact us) with cheques made payable to Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation or by electronic transfer:

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Please state that your donation is to be invested into the 'Ronnie Bowker Foundation Fund'.

Online Donations:

Alternatively you can make a donation via the secure Just Giving page:

BUPA Great Birmingham Run 2011

There are a couple of members from Ernst & Young supporting the Ronnie Bowker Foundation Fund
Team Members: Rob Cross and Helen McLeod Jones. You can support them by donating through their Just Giving webpage: Please donate generously to this fantastic cause!

Craig Flindall, Warwickshire County Cricket Club is also running in this years Marathon raising funds for the Ronnie Bowker Foundation Fund: You can support Craig by donating through his JustGiving webpage: So please dig deep and donate now!

Stuart Leonard has entered the Birmingham Half Marathon, and the Silverstone Half Marathon, with a view to raising as much money for a fantastic cause - the Ronnie Bowker Foundation Fund. Visit Stuart's JustGiving webpage now and help him to help RBFF reach their target of £100k!

Tax effective giving

By making a personal donation to the Ronnie Bowker Foundation Fund you are able to increase your gift by 25% at no additional cost to yourself. By filling in a Gift Aid Declaration Form.doc / Gift Aid Declaration Form.pdf for BBCCF we can reclaim the tax you have already paid and invest this into the fund.

For further information:

Please contact Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation on 0121 322 5560 or via email:

  • What We Do

    Our two broad purposes are:
    To work with the community supporting local voluntary and community activity through a programme of constructive grant making; and
    To work with local donors by pooling the donations of philanthropically minded individuals and community-minded companies into an Endowment more

  • How to Give

    You can decide how much to give and make a secure on-line donation.

  • Apply for Grants

    The Birmingham Community Foundation is an independent charity that offers direct support to grassroots organisations within the Greater Birmingham Area.