What is a Community Foundation?
The concept is fairly simple. People make charitable donations to meet local needs, and these funds are administered and invested by local professionals. A community foundation is an independent registered philanthropic institution serving a specific geographic area, typically a city or county, to address the needs of its local community.
The first community foundation was formed in 1914 by Frederick Goff in Cleveland and now operates as The Cleveland Foundation. Mr. Goff felt there needed to be a way for individuals of all means to leave charitable donations to benefit their community without having to create a private foundation. His vision has become a reality across the United States and beyond. Currently there are more than 700 community foundations in the United States, collectively granting more than $4 billion each year to their local communities.
Our history means giving with peace of mind.
Founded in 1999, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County builds and manages philanthropic funds to meet community needs, makes grants to other nonprofit organizations, and provides a central philanthropic vehicle for donors to meet their charitable donation goals.
We work on your behalf to make charitable giving simple.
It is our hope that The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County will continue to serve as a trusted advisor of philanthropic services in the area by providing:
- Charitable donation planning and grant making consultation for our donors
- Professional, knowledgeable and experienced staff to assist donors
- Financial and technical assistance for the local nonprofit community.
The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County currently manages more than $50 million in assets, granting more than $2 million back into the local community each year. We can help you learn about specific needs in our community and work with you to make your charitable donation goals a reality.