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Established in 1998 as a Nevada nonprofit 501(c) 3 Corporation, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada has distributed more than $120 million in grants and scholarships from 240 charitable funds to strengthen our Nevada home.
Launched in 2019 the Community Endowment is an unending permanent charitable resource for Nevada. Gifts of all sizes are pooled and invested to address wide-spread community challenges and emergency relief for generations to come. The Community Foundation serves as a community leader, permanent charitable resource, and a philanthropic advisor in charitable giving.

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada Mission

To strengthen our community through philanthropy and leadership by connecting people who care with causes that matter. 


Work with Charitable Giving Experts.

We encourage you to make philanthropy an important and meaningful part of your life, and if you wish, involve generations of your family.

People come to us to make their charitable giving more efficient and more powerful. We offer personalized philanthropic advising service that helps you accomplish your charitable goals.  The Community Foundation makes it possible for you to give a wide variety of assets to create or add to your charitable funds. Our expert gift planning team make giving complicated gifts like business interests and property as simple as possible.  You can be sure your donation will receive maximum tax advantages.
The Community Foundation also serves as a resource for local nonprofit organizations, helping them build their endowments and get the support they need.

Make the Most of your Philanthropy with Granting Expertise and Research for Maximum Impact.

We work with open hearts and open minds to create a warm, inviting, and transformation experience for our fundholders and the people they touch with their grants.

You can support any nonprofit organization within our northern Nevada region, the nation or throughout the world. We can help you focus on your personal charitable passions whatever they may be.

Community Engagement Combined with Philanthropy is Key to Making a Difference.

We invest in the long-term and bring people and organizations together, to learn about local issues and opportunities. Your Community Foundation charitable fund fees support community-wide projects and initiatives. We are working in partnership with community leaders to build the affordable workforce housing complex, Village on Sage Street that will offer dorm-style housing to 227 people.  The Community Housing Land Trust receives property to be turned into affordable housing for our residents who most need it. Are you interested in putting your charitable assets to work doing good as they grow? You are encouraged to designate part of your charitable fund investments to our Impact Investing program. In 2017, the Community Foundation Impact Investing program helped finance an apartment complex in Reno for 47 low-income people with a preference for veterans. A similar investment in Sparks happened in 2019. From addressing the needs of homeless youth through the Youth Network Initiative, offering resources to family caregivers, hosting free estate planning seminars at the public library, to teaching high school students about philanthropy in the High School Giving Circle, we engage citizens in pressing community issues. Click here to find out more about our community initiatives and discover how we lead the community toward positive change.

Five Core Values Guide Community Foundation Board and Staff.

Our values guide our decision-making and our strategies ensure we are intentionally serving people with diverse ideas, cultures, and backgrounds in meaningful ways.

  1.  We are committed to valuable service to our community.
  2.  We foster innovation, collaboration, and imagination.
  3.  We are an engaged community leader and ally. We seek to develop and influence philanthropic leaders.
  4.  We are responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us.  We operate with integrity, transparency, and credibility.
  5.  We are a results-oriented organization, committed to excellence.

Believe you can make a difference in our community.

Enjoy the Community Foundation video featuring an original song written and performed by the local nonprofit band, The Note-ables and filmed at charities throughout Reno. Learn what the  Community Foundation is all about.