What is a Community Foundation

A Charity Dedicated to Improving Lives

A community foundation is a grant-making public charity that pools donations to fund the work of local nonprofits and support positive change in the community.

A Supporter of Local, Worthy Goals

We achieve our goals through coordinated investment and the distribution of grants and scholarships.

A Change Agent for Good

Like your local community foundation here in Collier County, these foundations also serve as civic leaders on the forefront of conversations to improve and enhance the quality of life in their communities.

A Resource to Donors

Whether you would like to give locally, nationally or internationally, our dedicated team will vet nonprofits and assess giving opportunities through our vast network to help you make the most impact.

One Common Goal

All community foundations share a common goal of serving donors, nonprofit organizations and the community.

Solving Problems Everywhere

According to the Council on Foundations, a professional organization for community foundation philanthropy, there are more than 750 community foundations across the nation — 300 of them members of the council. The Community Foundation of Collier County is an accredited member of the council.

U.S. Community Foundations by the Numbers

U.S. Community Foundations by the Numbers

  • Assets range from about $100,000 to more than $1.7 billion1
  • In 2017, gave an estimated $5.48 billion1 to nonprofits
  • Support nonprofits in the arts, education, health and human services, environment and disaster relief

1Council on Foundations