The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies has been helping people in our community help each other for more than 30 years. We put our donors’ generosity to work through strategic grantmaking and connect individuals with opportunities to make an impact. We support grassroots efforts, collaborate with community partners, and facilitate philanthropy across the region. We can help you design a lasting legacy aligned with your particular passion: the arts, education, economic development, or any cause close to your heart.
Welcome to our new website. We’re so glad you’re here. We have worked hard to make the site easy to navigate for those with a specific need in mind (see the red “How do I…” button at the top right of every page to help get you where you want to go as quickly as possible).
While you’re here, though, we hope you’ll also take a few minutes to get to know us a little better. The About Page is a great start, or simply scroll down to read about our grantmaking and our legacy creation. You can also find details of our recent progress by reviewing our 2022 Digital Annual Report.
Even those who have interacted with the Community Foundation for years are often surprised to realize the breadth of services we provide, all with the aim of making philanthropy accessible and helping donors support our community in meaningful ways. Thank you for your interest in the Community Foundation and this special place we are proud to call home. We are honored to be here for the Alleghenies.
The Community Foundation supports hundreds of local nonprofits, awarding more than $116 million in grant awards so far. From special initiatives like the Early Childhood Education Fund to regular fall and spring grant rounds, we provide local nonprofits with resources and funding to make the greatest possible impact in our communities, today and for future generations.
The Fund for the Future was established at the Community Foundation to address the needs of our region today, tomorrow, and forever. Because it’s one of our endowments, only earnings are used to make grants. The principal is invested and designed to grow in perpetuity. That means that any gift you make will be there for future grantmaking, forever.
The Fund for the Future is also one of the funds that our Distribution Committee uses to make grants twice each year to local nonprofits. A gift to the Fund for the Future is a unique way to care for our community no matter what the future may hold.
The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies can work with you to create permanent funding for whatever causes you’d like to empower. We’ll walk you through every step of starting a fund or help you explore established efforts you may want to support. No matter what you choose, we will ensure that your charitable intent is always honored. We can also work with your wealth advisor to help you design a giving strategy that is tax-efficient and tailored to your needs and desires.
Our Legacy Society is our way of acknowledging your commitment to the future—today. Becoming a member is simple: Include the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies as a beneficiary of a gift from your estate and notify us of your plan.
Hear from our community
“The Legacy Society is a unique and satisfying way to make a difference in the life of our community.”
“Diane and I are blessed to be able to provide support to educational causes through the foundation. It gives us the potential for our gifts to appreciate in value. It also provides great convenience when we choose to make a donation. The staff is always very responsive and helpful.”
“That’s why we love the Foundation. That legacy will carry on. They have a record of what we want, and we feel so secure in that.”
“The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is everywhere you look. Trees being planted, a community garden in place, the removal of blight, a playground refurbished, funding for a local backpack program, a young person who just received a college scholarship. What do I see? I see COMMUNITY.”
“Funding from the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies has helped The Learning Lamp meet the needs of hundreds of children and families. With their support, we have been able to improve quality of care and launch child care programs in underserved areas. The Community Foundation is a true partner in our work.”
“When my mom passed away, a friend referred me to the Community Foundation to administer our scholarship fund. The process was easy, self-sufficient, and self-sustaining. The staff was very proactive and took care of everything we needed.”