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Care. Connect. Engage.

Three simple words, three profound actions. These actions define what the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada does—and how we do it. From creating custom charitable giving solutions to bringing people together to solve vexing community challenges, we connect people who care with causes that matter to enhance the lives of all of us.

CEO Chris Askin Set to Retire January 28, 2022

Retirement Fast Approaching for Chris Askin, longtime President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada

The new millennium was just months old when, in June 2000, the seven-member Board of Directors of northern Nevada’s fledgling Community Foundation hired local nonprofit leader Chris Askin as its Executive Director. 

After nearly 22 years as the driving force behind the organization’s impressive growth and far-reaching community benefit, Askin last fall announced his retirement, effective Jan. 28, 2022...

Chris Askin, President/CEO

Transferring Stock? Use this Simple Form

As year-end approaches, many investors are finding a stock transfer a simple way to support the Community Foundation's work while meeting their own financial and tax goals. Download the Stock Gift Transfer Form here.

Stock Gift Transfer Form

Manage Your Charitable Giving

Every day, we work closely with individuals and their trusted financial advisors to create custom giving solutions based on their values. For more than 20 years, we’ve helped Northern Nevadans give in meaningful, impactful, confidential ways. From donor-advised funds with the flexibility to redirect giving to designated funds that support a singular cause to endowments that live forever, the Community Foundation is Northern Nevada’s most trusted charitable giving resource.

Meggin McIntosh chose a Community Foundation donor advised fund for her giving.
Meggin McIntosh chose a Community Foundation donor advised fund for her giving. Read Meggin's Story

Supporting the promise of education

Community Foundation scholarships are as varied as our recipients with donors creating funds to meet their personal objectives. Scholarship applications for year ahead will open on Jan. 15, 2022.

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Grants supporting nonprofits

Here you will find open requests for grant proposals. Our grants represent the generosity of visionary donors and the causes that they value. Many of our community’s nonprofits exist and thrive with the support of these grants.

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Funding a better tomorrow

We administer a variety of fund types to meet the goals and needs of our community givers. When you give, we enhance the impact of your gift by combing it with others in the community.

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Success stories

Village on Sage in Reno

Donor Advised Fund

Village on Sage Street Reaches 100% Occupancy

Thanks to fundholders and donors the Village on Sage Street is home this winter to 216 people, many who were homeless or on the verge of homelessness. A stable and secure home is life changing. Even better, the Village on Sage Street is a warm and welcoming community.

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Food Bank worker

Donor Advised Fund

Community Foundation Grants to Food Bank up 300%

Community Foundation fundholders recognize the problem of food uncertainty, rising hunger, and poor nutrition in our neighborhoods and have stepped up.

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Recipient of distance learning home computers

Legacy Fund

Grants help Buy Home Computers for Students For Distance Learning

Through grants from two donor advised funds, and a $12,500 grant from the COVID-19 Relief Fund, The Community Foundation fundholders supported the laptop drive and . . .  

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Community Foundation at a glance

Grants given


million in grants given

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active funds

Charitable Assets


million in charitable assets

We believe working together will build a better community.

Building housing people can afford, initiatives on caregiving and preventing scams, and offering education about philanthropy are ways the Community Foundation works with residents to build long-term caring solutions. When we pitch in and share responsibility for our community’s well-being, we can increase the quality of life for generations of Nevadans. That is what sets the Community Foundation apart from commercial gift funds. Our mission is not growth, it is service.  Our measurement is not assets, it is impact. Our interest is in the community’s interest.

Working together with small businesses

Latest Blogs

The State of the Community Foundation: Very Strong for 2022

January 14, 2022

With the new year already off to a great start, I’m very pleased to share that last year was amazing and impactful for philanthropy in our community – a link in our strong chain of growth. Here are a few highlights from the year just past, along with an advance glimpse ahead at 2022 for giving, granting, growth, and impact.

CEO Chris Askin Set to Retire January 28, 2022

January 06, 2022

After nearly 22 years of building, advancing and leading the Community Foundation, Chris Askin will begin a new chapter effective Jan. 28.

Your Community Foundation Staff: The Year Past, the Year Ahead

January 01, 2022

In honor of the New Year, here are some reflections and aspirations from our team at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada. We wish you all the best in 2022!
Jim Pfrommer, Past Board Chair

I was born to a loving family who gave me a safe and beautiful home, sent me to good schools, provided me with many wonderful travel experiences, and gave me every opportunity to be successful. All I want is to help others realize their dreams, reach their potential, and have a chance for success like I had

- Jim Pfrommer, Past Board Chair