What is a Community Foundation?

Every community has serious issues, from education to health care to homelessness. Thankfully, there are generous donors who want to help with these issues, as well as nonprofit organizations trying to address them.

But where does a donor find out which organizations will turn their dollars into real impact? And where do worthy organizations get the funds they need to make a significant difference?

The answer is: a community foundation.

Community foundations are deeply intertwined with the communities they serve. They understand the serious local issues and know which nonprofits have the best ideas, leaders and opportunities. As a result, they’re in a position to advise donors where their gifts can do the most good.

That’s why a community foundation is a smart path to meaningful philanthropic giving – an organization that guides donors to the nonprofit organizations that are dramatically improving lives.

There are more than 750 community foundations in the United States and more than 1,800 worldwide.

To learn more about community foundations watch this short video.