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Powerful things happen when we work together

Established in 1998 as a Nevada nonprofit 501(c) 3 Corporation, the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada has distributed more than $169 million in grants and scholarships from over 250 charitable funds to strengthen our Nevada home. 

The Community Foundation assets consist of invested donor-advised funds, scholarships, designated and legacy funds, and the Northern Nevada Endowment. Launched in 2016, the Northern Nevada Endowment is an unending permanent charitable resource for Nevada. Gifts of all sizes are pooled and invested to address widespread community challenges and emergency relief for generations to come.

The Community Foundation serves as a community leader, a permanent charitable resource, and a philanthropic advisor in charitable giving. Our core work on behalf of our donors and the communities of Northern Nevada is philanthropic advising, grantmaking, charitable asset investment management, leadership, and community engagement.

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada Mission

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

Six Core Values Guide Community Foundation Board and Staff

We are committed to valuable service to our community.

We foster innovation, collaboration, and imagination.

We are an engaged community leader and ally. We seek to develop and influence philanthropic leaders.

We value inclusiveness, diversity, and equity. Our organization is characterized by a generous and caring spirit.

We are responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us. We operate with integrity, transparency, and credibility.

We are a results-oriented organization, committed to excellence.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Logo with colorful outline shapes of Nevada with text Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Community Foundation is dedicated to fostering genuine connections within the Northern Nevada community, recognizing and embracing the rich diversity of its residents in terms of backgrounds, identities, and abilities. Every individual within our community holds inherent value, and our commitment to inclusion drives us to cultivate an environment where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued.

Our journey towards improvement began with a thorough assessment conducted by our Board and Staff in the summer of 2020. Since then, we have been actively working to better reflect the communities we serve and collecting data on the demographics of our board, staff, grantees, and scholarship recipients, recognizing that diversity enriches our perspectives and enhances our impact.

Looking ahead, we are committed to expanding our reach and building relationships with new groups, including neighborhood associations, business associations, and clubs. By doing so, we aim to broaden our understanding of community needs and perspectives, fostering a more inclusive and equitable approach to our service delivery. Together, we strive to strengthen our shared community by fostering meaningful connections and embracing the diversity that makes us stronger.

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 can help you use philanthropy to meet your complex financial and estate planning needs. Personalized philanthropic advising services can bring clarity and focus and increased impact to your personal, family or business charitable giving. Our expert gift planning team makes giving complicated gifts like business interests and property as simple as possible. Your charitable fund is a way to give back to the community you love, places and people you treasure – in your backyard or across the globe.


4 star charity
Accredited 2023

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

When you create a charitable fund at the Community Foundation you become part of the greater good for northern Nevada.

We measure and evaluate our Community Engagement Initiatives, activities, and grants.
Open the Community Foundation Impact Report