What is a Community Foundation?

A community foundation provides a way for people of all income levels to make a lasting difference in their community. Community foundations help build and strengthen the communities they serve by bringing together people and organizations to improve the quality of life through collective giving.

Community foundations are place-based and serve a specific geographic area. The Idaho Community Foundation serves all 44 counties in Idaho. Community foundations are recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofits, so gifts to community foundations are eligible for tax deductions.

Individuals, families, businesses and other nonprofits can establish permanent or temporary charitable funds at a community foundation to provide support for the causes and organizations they care about most. The Idaho Community Foundation offers several types of funds to suit just about any charitable intent.

The Idaho Community Foundation also offers grants to nonprofits, schools and other organizations and provides scholarships to students. Money for grants and scholarships comes from charitable funds established by donors.

Community foundations are conveners and can help bring people together in partnerships to discuss important issues.

Today there are more than 1,600 community foundations around the world serving as stewards of charitable giving and philanthropy.

The Idaho Community Foundation is confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

Watch a short (1:35) video about the work of community foundations.