During the week of Nov. 12-18, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, along with more than 750 community foundations across America will celebrate the 14th Annual Community Foundation Week.
Join NCCF board members, staff, volunteers, and community members at an Open House on Friday, Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. During the event the NCCF Grants Committee will present checks to the fall Community Grant Program grantees. To celebrate philanthropy, NCCF is hosting a "Be a Philanthropist" contest on Facebook from Nov. 4 to 14. The contest winner will be announced at the Open House. Contact NCCF with questions on the Open House or the contest at 366-4892 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation works every day to improve our community. We know the places of need in our area and through our grant programs we can direct resources to solve those problems," said Diane Hannum, NCCF executive director. "Our grants program is only possible through our generous donors, which come from all income levels and from all parts of northern Chautauqua County. They are finding NCCF to be an ideal way for them to easily give back to their community in a meaningful way."
Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. In 2012, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation awarded $432,151 in grants and scholarships within northern Chautauqua County.
Launched in 1989 through a proclamation by former president George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.
The NCCF is one of nearly 750 community foundations in the United States today. Founded in 1986, the NCCF is dedicated to improving the community through the promotion of local philanthropy, strategic grantmaking and community leadership. Served by a small staff and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, the organization has distributed over $9.3 million in the form of grants and scholarships within the community. Truly community in nature, the NCCF is an organization created by and for the people of northern Chautauqua County. For more information, visit www.nccfoundation.org.