Generosity is an extraordinary force. It creates hope and possibility.
The Community Foundation of Fayette County (CFFC) was founded in 1999 by a group of community leaders including John Buchanan, Charles Cluss, Lee Frankhouser, Albert Skomra, Lynda Waggoner, the late philanthropist, Robert Eberly, Sr., and three of the regional family foundations – the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Richard King Mellon Foundation, and McCune Foundation. It was their intent to create hope and generosity through a charitable foundation with a focus on Fayette County to improve and enrich the quality of life for all residents.
The Foundation has grown since its founding in 1999, and the mission has expanded beyond guiding donors with charitable giving and providing support to nonprofits to also include a leadership role in assessing and responding to the County’s needs, and bringing donors together for collaborative approaches to philanthropy. The funding base has expanded, as well, with the addition of agency endowments and with new donors and creative programs that have enhanced the ability to provide service to the region beyond Fayette County.
CFFC now holds approximately 140 funds and over $14 million in assets, has attained national accreditation from the Council on Foundations, and, in 2009, was named the Outstanding Foundation in Western Pennsylvania by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Gifts to CFFC can be directed to any of these funds. Donors can also create a Fund and make grants to support causes and organizations that matter to them.
Images used in the header and on individual content pages are courtesy of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s River Town Program; John Brothers and Patty Yauger, Herald Standard Newspaper; Fayette County Chamber of Commerce; Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Our thanks to the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies, Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd, and Kate Dewey, formerly of Dewey and Kaye, for permission to use selected content.