What is a Community Foundation?
A community foundation is a collection of individual funds and resources given by local citizens, corporations,foundations and other organizations to enhance and support the quality of life in their community. It is a tax exempt public charity that allows many individuals, through gifts and bequests, to establish permanent endowment funds within the confines of one larger foundation. The earnings generated from these separate funds can help a community respond to emerging challenges and opportunities, as well as prepare for its future. Hundreds of community foundations nationwide share a common mission - to help maximize the current and long term impact of charitable activities in their communities while providing donors with significant advantages, tax savings, and recognition. A board of private citizen volunteers, chosen to be representative of the public interest and for their knowledge of the community, governs all activities of the community foundation. In this way the community foundation is fully accountable to the community it serves.
Through Endowment, Stewardship, Leadership and Vision, High Desert Community Foundation enhances the quality of life for residents in the High Desert/Mountain Region of San Bernardino County by expanding philanthropy through individuals, corporations, and organizations.