Community Trust grantmaking process examined

Community Foundation to seek stakeholder input to inform future strategy


We take seriously our role as your trusted philanthropic partner. We are taking a closer look this year at how we structure grantmaking from one of our longest-standing funds, The Community Trust. Our community's needs are shifting, especially as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want to partner with our community to ask if there's a different way we can structure this fund's grantmaking. We want to see if we can make it easier for our nonprofit partners to apply for funding. We also want to see if there is a more strategic, perhaps more outcomes-oriented way to approach the distribution of these funds.

Your community foundation in its most recent strategic plan adopted a vision of equity - creating systems where all can thrive. This includes racial, gender and other forms of equity. We will seek ways to better align Community Trust grantmaking to this equity vision.

We have assembled an advisory committee of trustees and local leaders to help us take this closer look. We will survey a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including nonprofit, government, business and faith leaders, donors and people with lived experiences relevant to our inquiry. We will also conduct an equity audit of our past grantmaking.

The advisory committee will develop a recommendation for our board's consideration, hopefully by year's end. Our goal is to implement any changes in time for the 2022 Community Trust grants cycle. The 2021 Community Trust grants cycle will not be impacted by these changes. Thank you in advance for continuing with us on our evolving journey to better serve the community.