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Never Underestimate Your Power to Transform Our Community

Your gift, when combined over time with your neighbors’ and friends’ gifts, will grow to be a great philanthropic resource to meet pressing community needs. The Community Foundation of Western Nevada created the Community Endowment to build a never-ending resource of charitable funds. The Community Endowment is a legacy that we will pass on to our children.

Together you and your neighbors, and perhaps your family before you, have built this community. Now we can all do something profound to sustain it and help the people who will live here after us. Think of your community as one of your heirs. Leave 5% of your estate to the Community Endowment Fund.

Leave a Bequest to the Community Endowment in your will or trust.


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How much does The Community Fund Grant?

The Community Fund 5-year Grant Disbursement Projection

Grant Year Grant Count Grant Total
2018 6 $11,000
2019 6 $32,000
2020 up to 16 $69,000
2021 TBD $134,000
2022 TBD $175,000

*Estimate is based on conservative $3,500,000 invested by Sept 2021 and $4,000,000 invested by 2022.

The Community Fund Advisory Committee

An advisory committee is formed annually to decide how funds are distributed. The advisory committee is comprised of current board members,  staff, and community leaders representing diverse perspectives and geographic reach. Community representatives will change annually.

2021 Community Fund Advisory Committee Members

Dan Ahearn Elaine Alexander
Mary Culpepper Diaz Dixon
Michelle Duggan Camille Glanzmann
Eloisa Gordon-Mora Sharon Honig-Bear
Kevin Melcher Melissa Tschanz

Why give

We cannot know what challenges our grandchildren will face. We do know that a gift to the Community Endowment will always be relevant, important to our region, and most of all, available when needed. Through the Community Endowment, we are able to invest in thoughtful solutions to a variety of community challenges, ensuring the strength and vibrancy of Northern Nevada.

2021 Community Fund Grants will Focus on Mental Health and Domestic Violence

2020 Grants Address Emergency Needs Arising from COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada is helping to lead the charge to determine how we as a community can come together to help northern Nevadans affected by this global emergency. The Community Foundation has voted to allocate all Community Fund grants for 2020 to address needs arising from COVID-19.

The impact of this unprecedented situation has had numerous effects; individuals, nonprofits, and businesses are in serious need of resources.

What does the Community Fund Support?

  • Local nonprofits making a vital difference
  • Studies and projects of regional importance
  • Community initiatives aimed at social impact
  • Address community challenges as they arise
  • At least 10% is reserved to aid in national and regional natural disasters, emergencies, or other crises annually Community Fund grants may not be used for Community Foundation overhead.

See programs funded by Community Fund Grants

The Community Endowment Fund – A Good Option for Your Bequest


Chris Askin, CSPG, CFRE
President / CEO



To learn more about leaving a bequest in your will or trust
Contact Chris Askin, 775-333-5499