Community Foundations Centennial

The Council is proud to mark the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first community foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, by celebrating the impact of the first century of community philanthropy and looking ahead to the next 100 years.

To do that, we will play host to and participate in a series of Centennial activities that will aim to:

  • Demonstrate the powerful, unique role of philanthropy in civil society
  • Position community foundations as a hub/catalyst for place-based social change and coordinated action locally
  • Foster a national, cross-sector dialogue about the future of community philanthropy
  • Equip today’s place-based leaders with innovative thinking, models, and tools

The Centennial offers a unique opportunity to reflect on a proud history, look forward to the next 100 years, and broaden the understanding of what community foundations are and do. By making the Centennial about the issues and the work that community foundations address, the Council can help elevate the public understanding of their unique role in improving communities.

#CF100 Stories

From February through November of this year, the Council will feature stories that show how community foundations are addressing critical local and regional issues. In particular, we will look at innovative programs and projects that will shape their communities for years to come. These stories are also featured in the monthly #CF100 Newsletter.

How can you get involved?