Three Rivers Community Foundation directs money to where it can make the biggest difference in our community.

A community foundation is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people in a local area.  It enables people with charitable interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about -- immediately or through their will or estate plan.  From the environment and healthcare to education and the arts, the Three Rivers Community Foundation makes grants to the organizations that are working every day to enrich the Tri-Cities area now and for the future.

There are over 700 community foundations in the United States. They make up one of the fastest growing sectors of philanthropy in the United States today. There are 26 community foundations in our State of Washington, and in 2013 over $72 million was given by those foundations to a wide variety of nonprofit activites.

Community foundations routinely work with families, individuals, attorneys and estate and financial planners to design gift plans that fit every economic situation.  Donors can give to an existing fund or establish a charitable fund at the Foundation by contributing a variety of assets.  Those assets are then carefully invested by the foundation.  The gift principal remains in perpetuity and the earnings are used to benefit the community through annual grants.  Gifts to the Foundation will continue to grow and earn resources for the community forever.

All community foundations share the common goal of serving donors, nonprofit organizations and the community as a whole. In addition, one of a community foundation’s special functions is to evaluate and help coordinate the needs and services in its communities, so that charitable gifts are used effectively to fulfill a community’s most critical needs.

For more information on community foundations, visit the Council on Foundations