Together with our donors, our mission is to serve as the leading catalyst for building vibrant communities through meaningful philanthropy.
Community foundations change lives. Their unique role in a region enables donors to transform their philanthropic passion into meaningful impact.
At their most powerful, community foundations can foster a culture of giving and help create long-lasting change in the region they serve and overall, in society.
What We Do:
- Impactful grant-making and facilitate philanthropic support to improve quality of life for our residents
- Create positive community change
- Convene and collaborate with advocates, nonprofits and community leaders
- Strive to be an expert on the most urgent issues facing our communities
- Make charitable giving convenient and impactful
How We Do It:
Supporting and partnering with exceptional nonprofit organizations that address our most pressing needs and bring positive change to our communities.
We make charitable giving easy and fulfilling by connecting donors with opportunities that are meaningful to them and by working with financial advisors to make their clients’ charitable giving simple, efficient and effective.
"The Community Foundation is the lead philanthropic funder in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Many organizations, including us, look to them for cues on issues important to funders. They help identify community needs and priorities, and are innovators in philanthropy. They are the thought leaders, and conveners. They are a quiet, consistent, persistent presence in our community and make a difference in the most understated way." - Rena Blades, retired CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
The Community Foundation improves our communities through the power of giving. We help create a legacy of philanthropy that’s easy to manage. We provide leadership that makes grantmaking more effective. We provide stewardship that helps philanthropy endure.
A community foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit, autonomous, publicly supported, nonsectarian philanthropic institution with a long term goal of building permanent, named component funds established by many separate donors for the broad-based charitable benefit of the residents of a defined geographic area, typically no larger than a state.
We are one of the oldest community foundations in the State of Florida and among over 700 community foundations in the United States, all dedicated to serving their community’s needs. View other community foundations across the United States.
Most funds managed at the Community Foundation are set up by individuals, some wealthy, others of more modest means. What they have in common is a desire to give back to their community – whether it's honoring the memory of someone they loved, setting up a scholarship fund to help students in need, protecting the environment, supporting local arts organizations or funding any other charitable cause imaginable.
The Community Foundation allows you to establish a customized charitable fund without being burdened by the tax liabilities and administrative hassles associated with setting up a private foundation. Everyone who creates a fund can personalize their giving.
At the same time, funds are pooled for investment management purposes to minimize costs and achieve a greater return, making it possible for a smaller individual fund to enjoy the same economies of scale as a large independent foundation. We offer flexibility, convenience, tax advantages, long-term stability, expertise in financial management and grantmaking, and credibility.
At the Community Foundation, we provide much more than the check writing services of a gift fund at a brokerage house. One of the most significant advantages to setting up a fund with us is our philanthropic services team, which provides custom research on a nonprofit organization or issue area at your request. Our staff will also meet with you individually to help develop a strategic approach to grantmaking.
The Community Foundation offers the advantages of a private foundation without most of the expense and hassle. We can handle all aspects of grantmaking and reporting, and advise you on smart and effective grantmaking.
Some of our donors also have private foundations. They use a fund here to support causes and nonprofits that are outside the general focus of the private foundation.
As a public charity, we offer donors tax deductions that are often superior to those accorded private foundation donors.
It's easy and fast. You decide the type of fund that’s best for you. You think about your charitable priorities, how much you want to give, and name the fund. The gift may be made now or by will. We're happy to help you at any point in the process!
Professional advisors work with us in several ways.
The Community Foundation meets National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in our sector.
The Community Foundation meets National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in our sector. This certification assures the utmost in transparency, donor accountability, fundraising, grantmaking and financial practices.
Administered by the Council on Foundations, National Standards guide community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment.
The National Standards Seal indicates that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says that our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. It also confirms our history of honoring donors’ wishes—to support the arts, education, conservation/preservation, health issues, expand literacy, feed children—and support countless other important causes.
To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, the Community Foundation submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to a rigorous peer review.
We are active members of the Council on Foundations, an association of more than 2,100 grantmaking organizations and corporations.
We participate on many levels with the Florida Philanthropic Network, a statewide association of grantmakers working to strengthen philanthropy through research, education and public policy.
We are members of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, an organization dedicated to advancing its members' economic interests through advocacy, education, information sharing, and resource brokering to maximize their success.
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