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What is a Community Foundation ?

A community foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established to help philanthropic individuals and organisations support grass-root causes and initiatives. It uses charitable giving to meet the current and future needs of local communities. A community foundation provides all the tax advantages of charitable giving, the long-term benefits of endowment funding, and the ability to establish a legacy fund in the name of your family or a loved one.

A community foundation seeks to build a permanent pool of funds to support local communities. All community foundations share the same qualities.  They:

  • seek to improve the quality of life for all people within their community

  • are independent from control or influence by other organisations or government

  • are governed by a board of citizens broadly reflective of the communities they serve

  • make grants to other non-profit and community groups to address disadvantage and a wide variety of emerging and changing needs in the community

  • provide services to donors to help them achieve their philanthropic goals


Red Earth Community Foundation is a member of Community Foundations Australia.

We make a living by what we get,

but we make a life by what we give.

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