Our Mission

Our Mission

The Community Foundation promotes private giving for the public good. By building philanthropic resources, addressing charitable needs, and creating opportunities through community synergy, we strive to be the leading force in regional philanthropy.

Our Guiding Principles
The Community Foundation is:
  • a long term partner dedicated to donor intent
  • a thoughtful grant-maker focusing on meeting the needs of the community through nonprofit organizations
  • committed to securing discretionary resources to meet changing community needs
  • a careful steward of permanent endowment and funds
  • a catalyst for action, bringing private and public partners together to address area issues and seize opportunities


The Community Foundation meets all standards of the Nation Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. We are an accredited foundation meeting the nations highest philanthropic standards for operation quality, integrity, and accountability set forth by the Community Foundations National Standards Board.



“A community foundation’s value derives from its dual capacity to shine a light on issues of critical, local importance and to attract local resources to meet those needs. Because of its unique connection to donors, nonprofits, local policymakers and residents who care deeply about the community, it is often well positioned to tackle issues of vital significance to the community.” -James Irvine Foundation