What is a Community Foundation?
Community foundations are public charities that guide philanthropy and improve the quality of life in a specific geographic area. They are governed by volunteer boards of leading citizens and run by professionals who are experts in community need. Typically, community foundations serve and champion their communities by:
- Partnering with individuals, families and organizations to make giving easy and effective.
- Strengthening nonprofit organizations through grants, training and other supports.
- Providing leadership and insight to important community issues.
- Promoting a local or regional culture of philanthropy and service.
There are more than 750 community foundations in the United States, including 30 in Virginia. The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond serves the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan.