The Centenary of Community Foundations

Welcome to the 100 year anniversary of community foundations around the world!

ACF 100 YEARS IN 2014

We’re celebrating this collective milestone, and promoting the community foundation movement, with this CF Centenary logo which is displayed by community foundations across the country.

A big Thank You to one of our members, Australian Communities Foundation, which generously supported the creation of the logo.

Here’s how the Cleveland Foundation in the US, the first Community Foundation in the world, tells the story of its inception in 1914. “Banker and lawyer Frederick Goff had a vision to pool the charitable resources of Cleveland’s philanthropists, living and dead, into a single, great and permanent endowment for the betterment of the city.Read more …

Also, check out their special Centenary Website at

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation – which has been so generous supporting the development of the  Community Foundations movement around the world, including in Australia – has a special section on the Centenary in their latest Annual Report, which you can download section by section.  It “reflects on the value of community foundations: why they have endured; how they tap a natural charitable impulse in people; [and] the benefits they bring to the communities they serve.” Read more …

Please send us your news and photos of how you celebrate community foundations in 2014.