Community foundations began nationally in 1914 and are publicly-supported, 501(c)(3) philanthropic organizations that hold, administer, invest and make grants from both endowed and non-endowed funds established by individuals, families and others. They were designed to be simple, flexible, convenient, tax-wise, cost-effective and perpetual charitable vehicles.
Our Community Foundation was established in Roanoke in 1988. With our growth, we expanded into the Martinsville/Henry County area in 2005. Today, we administer many hundreds of named endowment funds ranging in size from a minimum of $10,000 to millions of dollars. To date, donors have also committed very significant resources to the Foundation through future estate gifts.
Enabling people who love their community to easily give back.
Summary of Our Daily Work
On your behalf, we work diligently to carry out YOUR charitable intent through endowment funds; we provide long-term professional oversight for funds YOU entrust to us; we make creative grants for current and future community needs and opportunities; we offer comprehensive services to encourage and advance effective philanthropy; we provide opportunities to strengthen local non-profits; and, we promote and participate in collaborative efforts to shape a healthy, caring community.