Total Charitable Assets - $387 Million

Total Grants Since Inception

$311 Million

Our Community Savings

Communities are defined by how they respond to complex issues. For southwest Washington, the issue was an increase in needs amidst a prolonged recession. A group of local leaders responded by creating this endowment fund. Today, it sustains a community grants program that provides thousands of dollars to local projects and programs each year. It shows how a little vision and community contributions can grow to generate millions of dollars in community investments regardless of economic forces.

Fast Facts : Community Giving Fund

Why is the Community Giving Fund important?
This fund acts as a permanent savings account for community needs. Hundreds of gifts are pooled and invested for growth, so that the Community Foundation can continue to provide annual grants to nonprofits in Clark and Skamania County.
What does the Community Giving Fund support?
Focus Grants account for eighty percent of annual grant awards and support programs that interrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty. The remaining funds improve the overall quality of life in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties through General Grants.
How can I make a gift?
You can contribute cash, stock, real estate, life insurance, and even more to the Community Giving Fund. You can even name the fund in your will or revocable living trust.
How are grants awarded?
A grants advisory committee evaluates every proposal and interviews selected applicants before making a recommendation to the Board of Directors. The Board approves grants that improve our local quality of life.
How do I apply for a grant?
Any nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or municipality is encouraged to apply. Guidelines and applicable forms can be found in the Nonprofits section of our website.
When was the Community Giving Fund established?
The Community Giving Fund was established in 1986 and began awarding community grants in 2005.