Our story

image our story from 1973

Zurich Community Trust (ZCT) began life as the Hambro Life Charitable Trust on 31 December 1973 which makes us one of the longest-established corporate trusts in the UK.

Over the span of 45 years we’re proud to have worked in a spirit of collaboration with a huge range of charities, of all shapes and sizes, across the UK and overseas. 

We’ve certainly seen a lot of change in the voluntary sector in this time which has influenced what our partners really want in terms of funding and volunteering. It means that today we listen even more closely to what our community partners are saying, to ensure the grants we award, and the volunteering support we provide, really do go where most needed. 

As you’ll see from our little infographic to the right, ZCT has also gone through a few changes since 1973, even if our pioneering spirit remains the same!

Many a trend, pop icon and politician may have come and gone since our story began, but we trust that the community impact we continue to make, together with our supporters and partners, will always be in fashion. 
 

Key milestones on our road

Our journey visual