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Who We Are

For more than fifty years the Central Valley Community Foundation  has been a trusted partner in philanthropy in the Valley. Founded in 1966, we provide giving options for individuals, families, businesses and other foundations to invest in programs that address social and environmental needs.

We work with donors and nonprofits to advance effective philanthropy and build stronger communities. Our staff has an in-depth knowledge of the needs in our region and the agencies and organizations that are working to find solutions. In October 2015, we launched the Center for Community — a collaboration hub for donors, nonprofits and the local community. Located in our Fresno office, the Center for Community is a driving force in leveraging the potential and impact of those who will shape the future of the Valley.

At a Glance:

Assets: $74 Million
Funds: 230
Grants 2015: $8,725,220
Grants 2016: $11,000,000
Grants 2005 – 2015: $95,267,558

Mission: To cultivate smart philanthropy, lead, and invest in solutions that build stronger communities.

Our Region:

our region county mapAs the community foundation for over 2.04 million people, we serve the counties of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare and Kings. Our region has a remarkable collection of cultures and traditions, unique resources and a caring and resilient population. Home to people from all over the world — Armenians, Asians, Latinos, Scandinavians and Azoreans — to name but a few, the Valley is rich in history, heritage and diversity.

How We Work

Local Expertise

For more than half a century we have been working to fully understand and effectively address critical needs in the Valley.

Collective Impact

We bring together donors, nonprofits and other foundations to collaborate, align and leverage resources.

Data/Research

We use all of the tools at our disposal, including transparent and measurable data, to inform our decisions and track outcomes.

Many Partners

We work with others to increase the leadership skills and overall capacity of our nonprofit sector.

National Standards:

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The National Standards Seal indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency, and accountability, effective grant making and honoring donors’ wishes at all times.

Memberships:

The Central Valley Community Foundation is a member of the Council on Foundations, an association of more than 2,100 grantmaking organizations and corporations. The Council on Foundations works to create an environment where the philanthropy movement can grow and thrive.

The Central Valley Community Foundation is a member of the League of California Community Foundations, a partnership of community foundations across the state of California.

Guidestar Report: 77-0478025