Community foundations are publicly supported philanthropic institutions governed by a board of private citizens chosen to represent the public interest and for their knowledge of the community. Community foundations uniquely serve three publics: donors, the nonprofit sector and the community as a whole.
Community foundations are one of the most enduring and fastest growing sectors of organized philanthropy in the United States and around the world. A catalyst for change, 700 community foundations serve citizens in all 50 states, and in over 46 countries worldwide. Domestically, community foundations hold billions in assets and grant billions annually to various fields of interest including the arts, education, emerging needs, environment, health and human services.