The Community Foundation Celebrating 75 Years of Philanthropy

This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Community Foundation which was started by visionary philanthropists Charles and Clara Brouse as a scholarship distribution committee in Riverside in 1941, and has since grown to be the oldest and largest community foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

We’re celebrating with an exciting gala on October 15, 2016 and invite you to join us at the Riverside Convention Center for this momentous occasion!  In a special tribute The Community Foundation is honoring the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations and Inland Southern California Tribes.  The evening’s net proceeds will directly support our Youth Grantmakers program.

As the only foundation that is accredited according to the highest standards by the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC, The Community Foundation’s mission is “Strengthening Inland Southern California through Philanthropy.” With more than $90 million in assets, its impact on charities is impressive. It serves the largest geographic territory of any community foundation in the nation (more than 27,000 square miles, covering Riverside and San Bernardino Counties), yet its focus and impact on the Coachella Valley is very clear:  The Community Foundation (TCF) has granted more than $4.5 million to Coachella Valley nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in the Valley over the years.

As a grant-making and endowment-building public benefit corporation, The Community Foundation provides services to donors and charities. For donors, this includes working with them to establish endowments, donor-advised funds, scholarships, field of interest funds, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, and charitable gift annuities.  Services to charities include planned giving support, administration of agency endowment funds, providing vehicles for philanthropic contributions such as charitable gift annuities, and collaborating with local organizations.  TCF also works daily with a broad network of Professional Advisors in our region to ensure that donors receive the best service as they plan their wills, trusts, and estates.

The Community Foundation’s grant support of local organizations touches nearly every aspect of our charitable community. Some of the many organizations that have received grants, scholarships, and other support from TCF include: Neuro Vitality Center Stroke Recovery, ACT for Multiple Sclerosis, Guide Dogs of the Desert, The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery, Indio Public Library, Desert Hot Springs Public Library, Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre, Cathedral Senior Center, Father’s Heart Ranch, Tools for Tomorrow, The Well in the Desert, Hidden Harvest, Shelter from the Storm and Palm Springs Art Museum.

Concerned as well with the future of philanthropy, The Community Foundation launched the Youth Grantmakers program in Palm Springs, empowering
high school students to participate in the grants review and grant-making process.  This unique program is a wonderful example of the many innovative ways The Community Foundation strengthens our community through philanthropy.

Information on charitable giving through TCF, gala tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling our Coachella Valley office at 760.969.6792 or visit  Also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter@tcf1941 for the latest news and updates.


Give BIG Highlights for Year 2014:
426 nonprofits from our two-county region collectively raised $953,000 in Give BIG San Bernardino County and
Give BIG Riverside County

Give BIG Highlights for Year 2015:
144 nonprofits from San Bernardino County raised $265,442 in Give BIG San Bernardino County

06 Mar 2017

Issue 15