For more than a century, community foundations have served as a trusted partner and resource whose effect can be seen in the lives of millions and in the vibrant neighborhoods that continue to thrive through their mission-driven work. During this time, community foundations come together to share and reflect on the stories of impact over the past year.
“The work of community foundations’ spans beyond the practice of giving. There is a tangible impact that can be seen in the lives of our neighbors,” said Abbey Cameron, Executive Director. “We are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions to ensure all members of our community have the opportunity to thrive.”
Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits and represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. As community foundations find solutions for communities large and small, urban and rural, it is the collective work of these organizations that will have the most profound impact. This was most evident amid this year’s coronavirus pandemic where over $1 billion was distributed by community foundations in response to the crisis. Locally 3 Rivers Community Foundation raised $154,000 since launching their COVID-19 Response Fund in April, and distributed these funds to nonprofits in Benton and Franklin counties to support their creative and unique responses to the pandemic.
Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush to recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.