California Community Foundations

First, what is a community foundation anyway?

Community foundations are instruments of civil society designed to pool donations into a coordinated investment and grant making facility dedicated primarily to the social improvement of a given place.

Families, individuals, businesses, and nonprofit groups establish funds within community foundations into which they can contribute a variety of assets to be used for charitable purposes. The people or organizations that establish the funds can then recommend that grants be distributed, in the name of the fund or anonymously, to qualified nonprofit groups and schools. The donor receives a charitable deduction in the year that gifts are made into their funds.

The assets of community foundations are pooled and invested, with donors typically having a choice of investment products.

The funds established at community foundations can be expendable funds (i.e., grants can be made in any amount at any time) or they can be endowments, which limit distributions to the interest earned on the assets. Endowments last in perpetuity.

The first community foundation was set up in Cleveland in 1914 by Frederick Goff and operating now as the Cleveland Foundation. Others soon followed including the California Community Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust.

Community foundations are now a global phenomenon. There are at least 700 in the United States and perhaps 1000 more around the world with numbers
growing rapidly.

The above definition is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The following is a list of community foundations in California:

Amador Community Foundation
Contact: Shannon Lowery, Executive Director
114 Main Street, Suite 212
P.O. Box 1154
Jackson, CA 95642
Phone: (209)223-2148     Fax: (209)223-4569

Anaheim Community Foundation
Contact: Terry Lowe, CEO
200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 433
Anaheim, CA 92805-3820
Phone: (714)765-5160     Fax: (714)765-4454

Aptos Community Foundation
Post Office Box 1433
Aptos, CA 95001
Phone: (831)662-4511

Avila Beach Community Foundation
191 San Miguel Street
Avila Beach, CA 93424
Phone: (805)595-2213

Belvedere Community Foundation
Post Office Box 484
Belvedere, CA 94920

Berkeley Community Fund
800 Jones Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: (510)525-5272     Fax: (510)525-5599

California Community Foundation
Contact: Antonia Hernandez, President & CEO
445 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 3400
Los Angeles, CA 90071-1638
Phone: (213)413-4130     Fax: (213)383-2046

Claremont Community Foundation
Contact: Nickie Cleaves, Interim Executive Director
205 Yale Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-4725
Phone: (909)398-1060     Fax: (909)624-6629

Coalinga Community Foundation
Post Office Box 124
Coalinga, CA 93210

Coastal Community Foundation
Contact: Mark Dowling, Board Member
Post Office Box 230415
Encinitas, CA 92023-0415
Phone: (760)942-9245     Fax: (760)753-1531

The Community Foundation (CA)
Contact: Sheryl Alexander, President/CEO
Suite 300
3880 Lemon Street
Riverside, CA 92501-3667
Phone: (951)684-4194     Fax: (951)684-1911

Corcoran Community Foundation
Post Office Box 655
Corcoran, CA 93212
Phone: (209)992-4514

Corte Madera Community Foundation
Post Office Box 7109
Corte Madera, CA 94976
Phone: (209)992-4514

Crockett Community Foundation
720 Second Avenue
Crockett, CA 94525

Desert Community Foundation
Contact: Ronald Gother, President
42-600 Cook Street
Suite 201B
Palm Desert, CA 92211-5143
Phone: (760)674-9080     Fax: (760)674-8121

East Bay Community Foundation
Contact: Michael M. Howe, President
De Domenico Building
200 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612-2005
Phone: (510)836-3223     Fax: (510)625-8128

El Dorado Community Foundation
Contact: Stephen M. Healy, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1388
Placerville, CA 95667-1388
Phone: (530)622-5621     Fax: (530)626-7100

Fresno Regional Foundation
Contact: Daniel DeSantis, Chief Executive Officer
5260 N. Palm Ave. Ste. 228
Fresno, CA 93704
Phone: (559)226-5600     Fax: (559)230-2078

Glendale Community Foundation
Contact: Linda Stallcop, Office Administrator
330 Arden, Suite 130
Glendale, CA 91209-0313
Phone: (818)241-8040     Fax: (818)241-8045

High Desert Community Foundation
Contact: Margie L. Milroy, Interim President
P.O. Box 2028
Apple Valley, CA 92307-0039
Phone: (760)333-0306     Fax: (760)242-3370

The Community Foundation of Howard County
130 N. Brand
Glendale, CA 91203

Humboldt Area Foundation
Contact: Peter H. Pennekamp, Executive Director
373 Indianola Road
Bayside, CA 95524-9350
Phone: (707)442-2993     Fax: (707)442-3811

Kern Community Foundation
Contact: Noel E. Daniells, President
1626 19th St, Ste 14
Bakersfield, CA 93301-4329
Phone: (661)325-5346     Fax: (661)325-5358

La Palma Community Foundation
7821 Walker Street
La Palma, CA 90623
Phone: (714)523-9090

South Lake Tahoe Area Fund
c/o El Dorado Community Foundation
P.O. Box 1388
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: (530)622-5621

Legacy Community Foundation
Contact: Tina Rainey, Executive Director
PO Box 2710
Fallbrook, CA 92088
Phone: (760)728-3304     Fax: (760)451-3604

Los Altos Community Foundation
183 Hillview Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022
Phone: (650)949-5908     Fax: (650)949-0807

Marin Community Foundation
Contact: Thomas Peters, Ph.D., President and CEO
5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200
Novato, CA 94949-8262
Phone: (415)464-2500     Fax: (415)464-2555

Martinez Community Foundation
Post Office Box 789
Fairfield, CA 94533

Community Foundation of Mendocino County
Contact: Susanne Norgard, Executive Director
135 W. Gobbi Street, Suite 204
Ukiah, CA 95482-5476
Phone: (707)468-9882     Fax: (707)468-5529

Merced County Community Foundation
Contact: Mark Seivert, President
P.O. Box 3846
Merced, CA 95344
Phone: (209)201-4113     Fax: (209)385-8303

Mission Viejo Community Foundation
200 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Phone: (714)328-2341

Greater Modesto Community Foundation
Post Office Box 642
Modesto, CA 95353

Community Foundation for Monterey County
Contact: Todd Lueders, President/CEO
2354 Garden Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831)375-9712     Fax: (831)375-4731

Napa Valley Community Foundation
Contact: Terence Mulligan, President
3299 Claremont Way, Suite 2
Napa, CA 94558
Phone: (707)254-9565     Fax: (707)254-7955

North Valley Community Foundation
Contact: Alexa Leigh Valavanis , Executive Director
P.O. Box 6581
Chico, CA 95927-6581
Phone: (530)891-1150     Fax: (530)891-1502

Community Foundation for Oak Park
P.O. Box 291
Agoura Hills, CA 91376
Phone: (310)813-6649

Ontario Community Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1250
Ontario, CA 91762-3593

Orange County Community Foundation (CA)
Contact: Shelley Hoss, President
30 Corporate Park, Suite 410
Irvine, CA 92606-5131
Phone: (949)553-4202     Fax: (949)553-4211

Paradise Community Foundation
Contact: Claudia C. Chapman, Executive Director
P.O. Box 2095
6249 Skyway
Paradise, CA 95969
Phone: (530)876-8033     Fax: (530)872-4093

Pasadena Community Foundation
Contact: Jennifer DeVoll, Executive Director
260 S. Los Robles Avenue, Suite 119
Pasadena, CA 91101-1910
Phone: (626)796-2097     Fax: (626)583-4738

Placer Community Foundation
Contact: Veronica R. Blake, Chief Executive Officer
P.O. Box 9207
Auburn, CA 95604
Phone: (530)885-4920     Fax: (530)885-4989

Plumas Community Foundation
Contact: Michele Lynn Piller, Secretary/Member
PO Box 4157
Quincy, CA 95971-4157
Phone: (530)283-3611     Fax: (530)283-3647

Rancho Santa Fe Foundation
Contact: Christina P. Wilson, Executive Director
P.O. Box 811
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067-0811
Phone: (858)756-6557     Fax: (858)756-6561

Community Foundation of Richvale
1193 Richvale Highway
Richvale, CA 95974
Phone: (530)882-4861

Sacramento Region Community Foundation
Contact: Ruth Blank, Chief Executive Officer
740 University Avenue, Suite 110
Sacramento, CA 95825-6710
Phone: (916)921-7723     Fax: (916)921-7725

The San Diego Foundation
Contact: Robert A. Kelly, President and CEO
2508 Historic Decator Rd., Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: (619)235-2300     Fax: (619)239-1710

The San Francisco Foundation
Contact: Sandra R. Hernández MD, Chief Executive Officer
225 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104-4275
Phone: (415)733-8500     Fax: (415)477-2783

San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation
Contact: Barry VanderKelen , Executive Director
P.O. Box 1580
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-1580
Phone: (805)543-2323     Fax: (805)543-2346

San Marcos Community Foundation
One Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069
Phone: (760)744-1050

Santa Barbara Foundation
Contact: Charles O. Slosser, President & CEO
15 East Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2780
Phone: (805)963-1873     Fax: (805)966-2345

The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County
Contact: Lance Linares, Executive Director
2425 Porter Street, Suite 17
Soquel, CA 95073-2454
Phone: (831)477-0800     Fax: (831)477-0991

Santa Ynez Valley Foundation
P.O. Box 389
Los Olivos, CA 93441

Shasta Regional Community Foundation
Contact: Kathy Ann Anderson, MA, Executive Director
1335 Arboretum Dr., Suite B
Redding, CA 96003-5349
Phone: (530)244-1219     Fax: (530)244-0905

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Contact: Emmett D. Carson Ph.D., President and CEO
1700 South El Camino Real, Suite 300
San Mateo, CA 94402-3049
Phone: (650)358-9369    Fax: (650)358-9817

Solano Community Foundation
Contact: Stephanie Wolf, President & CEO
1261 Travis Blvd, Suite 320
Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: (707)399-3846     Fax: (707)399-3849

Community Foundation Sonoma County
Contact: Kay M. Marquet, President and CEO
250 D Street, Suite 205
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4773
Phone: (707)579-4073     Fax: (707)579-4801

Sonora Area Foundation
Contact: Mick Grimes , Executive Director
Box 577
20100 Cedar Road No. Ste E
Sonora, CA 95370-0577
Phone: (209)533-2596     Fax: (209)533-2412

Stanislaus Community Foundation
Contact: Patty Stone, CEO
1226 11th Street, Suite B
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: (209)576-1908     Fax: (209)576-1609

Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation
Contact: Lisa Dobey , CEO
P.O. Box 366
Truckee, CA 96160-0366
phone: (530)587-1776     Fax: (530)550-7985

Vacaville Community Foundation
P. O. Box 63954, MAC 0103-179
San Francisco, CA 94163

Valley Foundation (Santa Ynez)
Contact: Diane L. Howe
540 Alisal Road, Suite 10
Solvang, CA 93463
Phone: (805)688-2991     Fax: (805)688-1741

Ventura County Community Foundation
Contact: Hugh J. Ralston, President & CEO
1317 Del Norte Road, Suite 150
Camarillo, CA 93010-8504
Phone: (805)988-0196     Fax: (805)485-5537

Wild Rivers Community Foundation
879 J Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone: (707)464-1582

Yucca Valley Foundation
P.O. Box 1911
Yucca Valley, CA 92286
Phone: (760)365-7219     Fax: (760)365-8824