Investing In Our Community

Donors are the core of the Foundation.  Click here to learn how to make your charitable wishes a reality.

Recent News & Updates

  • From the front lines at the community foundation From the front lines at the community foundation When I say I work at the Richland County Foundation, most of my friends and family don't understand what I do. The most common response I get is, Oh you write a lot of grants. Well, not really. View more
  • How can we make applying for a grant easier?  How can we make applying for a grant easier?  Making it easier to apply for a grant. Access to support and online applications are two ways. One key point to keep in mind is that we’re all just people. You can contact a funder and ask questions. Listen to what they’re saying about your project or idea and take their advice. One of the greatest benefits of connecting with a community investment officer at a foundation is that person has contact with board and committee members who are making decisions about your grant application. View more
  • What goes on at a community foundation? What goes on at a community foundation? I am working on the annual report and thought I would share some FAQs. What is a community foundation? A community foundation is an independent, tax-exempt public charity whose mission is to accept and administer charitable gifts and bequests, regardless of size, for the benefit of the local community. Community foundations fulfill donors’ charitable goals by awarding grants that meet a broad range of community needs, from the arts to basic human needs, to the environment.Typically, a community foundation is comprised of many separate component funds. Unlike private foundations, community foundations funds come from many sources, including individuals and families, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations.The first community foundation started in 1904 in Cleveland, Ohio. Today there are over 700 independent community foundations located across the country. View more