Community Catalyst Funds

We believe that together we can accomplish more than any one individual, company, or organization can do alone. Join like-minded citizens, leaders, and philanthropists who believe in the power of collective giving to generate positive change in our community today. The Community Catalyst Funds offer a path to connect with immediate projects and initiatives that strategically shape the path of our community today and position us for a stronger tomorrow.  

The Community Catalyst Funds are different from individual giving options because they:

  • Group gifts from donors who are interested in making an impact in a shared area of interest.
  • Are entrusted to the Board of Directors, staff and appointed committees for evaluating needs and administering the grant making process.

Where to begin?

Begin your journey by exploring the Quality of Life Framework below. When we invest in these eight areas, we can strategically shape the path of our community today and to position us for a stronger tomorrow. Your interests, giving priorities, and vision for our community shape the direction of your gift. Begin by determining one or more areas of need that you care about passionately, and the Community Foundation can help guide you to the opportunities that meet your philanthropic goals. As a result of your investment, you can "move the needle" in these key community areas.

Basic Needs

Basic Needs

Supports the well-being of all citizens in our community by providing access to basic needs such as food, shelter, jobs, family support and animal welfare services
Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Promotes community-wide wellness and health by supporting efforts to reduce obesity and smoking and encouraging an active lifestyle
Education

Education

Invests in the future of our community by supporting early childhood development, student achievement, college and career readiness, and the success of our educational system
Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Promotes access to arts, culture, and lifestyle experiences and celebrates diversity by supporting the arts, promoting enjoyment of our community’s outdoor recreational opportunities and ensuring access to public libraries
Neighborhoods & Community

Neighborhoods & Community

Supports a vibrant and inclusive community by fostering civic engagement and community redevelopment
Economy

Economy

Develops an entrepreneurial eco-system by equipping our entrepreneurs and innovators to create and launch businesses and providing job growth for a diverse workforce
Environment

Environment

Ensures access to clean air, water, and recreational areas by protecting our community’s natural resources, encouraging sustainable development, and reducing our community’s energy consumption
Emergency Relief

Emergency Relief

Prepares our community for disasters by encouraging disaster preparedness and participating in emergency response and recovery efforts in the region

Give Now

Donors who want to see an immediate impact of their donations are drawn to our Community Catalyst Funds. Funds in this area support current, specific projects or initiatives across the Quality of Life Framework that make our great community even better right now.

Give Forever

Visionary donors with a drive to create a strategic solutions are drawn to the Catalyst Endowment. Give forever by adding your gift to a growing endowment that will support the quality of life in our area for generations to come. Click to learn more or donate below.


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