The Malta Community Chest Fund is a charitable institution chaired by The President of Malta. The President’s wife is the Deputy Chairperson. The aim of the institution is to help philanthropic institutions and more importantly, the individuals with different needs. The Fund does not receive any funds from the Government. However, throughout the year, various activities such as balls and concerts are organised by the Fund and also by the Office of The President to raise funds. The Malta Community Chest Fund also relies on the generosity of corporate companies and the general public for the collection of money.
The setting up of the Malta Community Chest Fund dates back to the Governing era of Sir Robert Laycock who began organising the Ball of the August Moon in order to raise funds towards the Malta Playing Fields Association. The ball was organised for the first time around 1958 and this event became an integral part of the yearly calendar even under the governorship of Sir Guy Grantham and Governor Sir Maurice Dorman.
Under the Governance of Sir Maurice Dorman, various philanthropic institutions were against the fact that the funds were always devolved to the Malta Playing Fields Association. Consequently, Sir Maurice Dorman, decided to create a 'charity chest' from which funds various institutions could benefit. Thus the funds raised from The Ball of the August Moon started being channelled towards this 'charity chest'.
The first President of Malta, Sir Anthony Mamo continued organising the Ball of the August Moon on a regular basis. It was at this time that this 'charity chest' was given the name of Community Chest Fund. The basic concept was kept at the same level - helping organisations and individuals in need. The first chairperson of the Community Chest Fund was Lady Mamo. Lady Mamo was succeeded by Mrs Buttigieg, during the Presidency of H.E. Doctor Anton Buttigieg. A change in the statute invested the wife of the President of Malta as the Chairperson of the Community Chest Fund. During the Presidency of H.E. Agatha Barbara, the chairperson’s role was the responsibility of the President of the Republic. This change in the statue was maintained under the Presidency of H.E. Doctor Censu Tabone, H.E. Doctor Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, H.E. Prof. Guido de Marco and H.E. Dr Eddie Fenech Adami.
Other chairpersons were Mrs Maryrose Hyzler between 1981 and 1982, wife of the President ad iterim Doctor Albert Hyzler and Paul Xuereb, Acting President, who was chairperson between 1987 and 1989.
As time went by, the Community Chest Fund was given the name as we know it today - The Malta Community Chest Fund.
The everyday running of the Malta Community Chest Fund is administered by Mrs Margaret Abela. She co-ordinates the activities launched and chairs the respective committees that are setup for this aim.