Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues. They build and strengthen communities in a multitude of ways, including providing the means for a wide range of donors to create permanent funds to positively impact lives.

This week marks the 29th Annual Community Foundation Week—a designation created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush.

Community Foundation Week recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures. At the GHACF, we remain absolutely committed to bringing our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems and advance the most promising opportunities to benefit our residents.

While community foundations range greatly in asset size, they all share the common goal: serving donors, nonprofit organizations, and the community as a whole.

One of a community foundation’s special functions is to provide effective leadership and coordinate the needs and services in our communities, so that charitable gifts are used effectively to fulfill a community’s most critical needs. We work with families, individuals, attorneys, and estate and financial planners to design gift plans that fit every economic situation, ensuring that donors receive the most benefit from their charitable contributions and that their philanthropic dollars are used to their fullest extent.

To learn more about your community foundation, check out our annual report.

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