Cookie Policy


The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (IWCF) websites use small files called cookies to help customise your experience and to allow our websites to recognise you when you visit.

When visiting our websites, you will be asked to consent to us saving this information from your visit. Overall, cookies help us to provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file which is stored by the browser, e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Microsoft Edge on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Many web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, if cookies are declined, this may prevent you from taking full advantage of our websites. You can manage and delete cookies by visiting the setting within your chosen web browser.

Cookies ask permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps to store things such as user preferences, browsing actions, statistical data and patterns, providing a ‘memory’ for the website, enabling it to recognise and respond appropriately to you as an individual.

Anonymous analytics cookies

Every time a user visits our websites, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don’t, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site. These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals, they are used for HIWCF statistical purposes only.

Other third party cookies

On some pages of the HIWCF site, third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of the way cookies work, this site cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by this site. For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button on the site, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.