Community foundations are charitable funds established and managed by local people to meet the needs of their communities. They bring together donors from all walks of life to support local priority needs, involving people in the development of their community. Community foundations build permanent financial assets and are catalysts for place-based change, from rural areas to regional towns and major cities.
Community foundations offer a sustainable model for philanthropy. They raise money – some of which is invested to build a permanent endowment, and they make grants to local causes and charities. Local volunteers lead the foundations’ community engagement, stewardship of funds, and management of operations.
The community foundation model adapts to local needs and circumstances. While no two foundations are exactly the same, they share a number of key characteristics:
Whether as a member, affiliate, partner or supporter, there are plenty of ways to get involved with Community Foundations Australia. The easiest way is to connect for a conversation.