A Community Foundation

Community Foundations build and strengthen communities by making it possible for a wide range of donors to participate in philanthropy that addresses current and future needs. With a focus on leadership and problem solving, Community Foundations have become catalysts for improvement in communities across the nation. And by promoting permanent endowment giving, they have also become stewards of the future. For these and many other reasons, Community Foundations make up one of the fastest growing sectors of philanthropy in the United States today.


How many community foundations are there in the U.S.?
Established in 1984, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is one of more than 700 community foundations in the United States.
How are we governed?
We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of local leaders who are knowledgeable about and dedicated to the charitable activities of southwest Washington.
How much has the Community Foundation granted since inception?
In partnership with our fundholders, the Community Foundation has granted more than $145 million since our inception.
How many different funds are we home to?
We are home to nearly 300 separate funds which distribute hundreds of grants annually, addressing arts and culture, basic needs and healthy living, communities and neighborhoods, conservation and the environment, and education.
How many students do we support through scholarship funding?
We support the academic futures of more than 200 students each year through approximately 50 scholarship funds. More than $4 million in total scholarship funding has been awarded.
What's the big deal with our Community Giving Fund?
Our Community Giving Fund has awarded more than $2.6 million to local nonprofits since being established. Grants, ranging in size from $2,500 to a $200,000 Impact Grant, have improved our region's quality of life through results-oriented approaches.
How do our volunteer grant committees operate?
Our volunteer grant committees, experienced in local issues, guide the process of awarding grants to local nonprofit organizations with due diligence.
How do we facilitate landmark projects in the community
We are a leader in facilitating landmark projects by connecting donors to community needs such as the Clark County Food Bank, the Vancouver Community Library and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.
How does the Community Foundation invest its funds?
Our Board invests endowed and expendable funds expertly and wisely with the support of Russel Investments. With decades of nonprofit investing focused on foundations, Russell Investments provides our Investment Committee with high-quality advice, techniques, monitoring and reporting.