Community Giving

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At CommunityGiving, our focus is on enabling local communities to solve local problems. Our community foundation and fund partners are able to concentrate on finding new donors and identifying worthy nonprofits and projects which need local funds to get to the next level. Meanwhile, at CommunityGiving, we handle all of the paperwork and administrative tasks so the local community foundation can do what they do best.

We’re proud to have grown our network of foundations and funds to a total of nine communities with combined total assets of $140 million, with 81.6% of all grants awarded staying in the Minnesota community. Among our network we have 2,292 donors making these grants and scholarships happen with 510 volunteers working hard to support the community foundation mission.

“What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?”
– Sir Winston Churchill

Our core functions include:

  • setting up and managing charitable funds that support a donor’s personal passions and philanthropic goals;
  • working with each community foundation to award grants supporting projects to offer real benefits to the communities; and,
  • engaging today’s leaders and influencers across our communities while developing dynamic and effective ways to support the next generation.


At CommunityGiving, we partner with five core community foundations across the heart of Minnesota, each with its own board of directors and staff.

Alexandria Area Community Foundation | Brainerd Area Community Foundation | Community Foundation for Carver County | Central Minnesota Community Foundation | Willmar Area Community Foundation


We also partner with five area community funds, each with its own board of directors and area volunteers.

Foley Area Community Foundation | New London–Spicer Community Fund | Paynesville Area Community Foundation | ROCORI Area Community Foundation | Sauk Centre Area Community Foundation


We also associate with state and national philanthropic and foundation organizations to better serve our donors, advisor partners and recipients.

Council on Foundations | Minnesota Philanthropy Partners | Minnesota Council On Foundations | National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations