Community Foundations, which have in the past had something of a stodgy and almost boring reputation, are increasingly becoming more publicly visible as charitable entities. There are any number of reasons for this, none in particular and more than likely all factors together. But before we dive in to that perhaps a quick explanation of just what a Community Foundation is.
As the name suggests, community foundations are independent charitable organizations established to focus on specific geographic areas and communities, cities, towns, wider regional metropolitan areas.
The list below is a small fraction of all the Community Foundations across the United States. Those we’ve included tend to be the bigger organizations that are more well established or in larger metropolitan areas. It would be incredibly difficult to list ever Community Foundation simply because, and this is not a bad thing, some of them are still so small and really do focus exclusively on their local communities, scouring the internet for every one would be time consuming and probably unnecessary.
If you want a much more exhaustive database we would suggest checking out the National Standards For US Community Foundations, which acts as something of an accreditation organization and also has a list of all those who get the thumbs up from them.
Aspen Community Foundation
The Boston Foundation
California Community Foundation
Chicago Community Trust
The Cleveland Foundation
The Coastal Community Foundation
Delaware Community Foundation
The Denver Foundation
New York Community Trust
The Philadelphia Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation