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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.

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
Education

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 are now open as of Jan. 15, 2022.

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Grants

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

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.

Explore our Funds

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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Transferring Stock? Use this Simple Form

Trends continue in 2022 as 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.

Community Foundation at a glance

Grants given

$145M

million in grants given

Funds open

247

active funds

Charitable Assets

$140M

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

Corporate Philanthropy Spotlight: Estipona Group

September 15, 2022

Having recently celebrated 29 years in business, The Estipona Group now boasts 12 employees, including founder and CEO Edward Estipona. What started in his parent's spare bedroom as a one-man design shop has grown and evolved over the decades into a full-service marketing communications company. Learn about the heart behind the Estipona Group and the many ways they give back to our community.

College Scholarships Tips

September 08, 2022

Finding and being awarded scholarships to pay for tuition is a goal shared by just about every person with dreams of going to college, and it requires a game plan. A great place to start is to begin researching what kinds of scholarships are available and which are a good fit for you – a scholarship matching tool can be a great resource. You should also make sure you look like a gem online, fine-tune your applications (including putting time and effort into your essays), and cast a wide net by applying to as many scholarships as possible.

Entertain Your Curiosity with PBS Reno

August 26, 2022

PBS Reno is a staple in our community and one of the Community Foundation's Corporate Philanthropy Partners. President and CEO Kurt Mische shares how COVID-19 impacted PBS and the importance of staying connected with the community.
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