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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

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 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.

Success stories

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Donor Advised Fund

Make an Impact at Any Age

The High School Giving Circle is funded by an anonymous donor to encourage philanthropy at any age. The Community Foundation brings students together who want to support their community by learning and practicing philanthropy. Participating in the program is more than another activity to add to their resume, and it means a chance to make a difference in their community.

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Northern Nevada Endowment Fund

Community Foundation awards over $190K to programs that increase mental health capacity

The Northern Nevada Endowment supported mental health through a partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno - Community Behavioral Health Collaborative.

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100% Giving Board Award

Record-breaking 116 Nonprofits Awarded for Exemplary Board Giving

116 nonprofits in northern Nevada received the 2023 100% Giving Board Award for exemplary board contributions totaling $8.4 million.

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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


million in grants given

Funds open

Over 250

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

Remembering Philanthropist Konner Robison

November 17, 2023

In loving memory of Konner Robison, we reflect on his remarkable journey and lasting impact on our community.

PRESS RELEASE: 116 Nonprofits Awarded for Exemplary Board Giving

November 15, 2023

116 nonprofits in northern Nevada received the 2023 100% Giving Board Award from the Community Foundation for exemplary board contributions totaling $8.4 million.

Transforming Lives Through Education: A Look at Dan Lofrese's Philanthropic Journey

October 26, 2023

Education is the cornerstone of opportunity and progress. It has the power to transform lives, opening doors to a world of possibilities regardless of one's background. No one believes this more than Dan Lofrese.
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