Charity is an extraordinary force. It creates hope, possibility and change.
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 Southwestern Pennsylvania’s family foundations – the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, and the McCune Foundation. It was their intent to create a charitable foundation with a focus on Fayette County to improve and enrich the quality of life for all residents and to assist the non-profit sector.
The CFFC 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 problem solving. The funding base has expanded, as well, with the addition of corporate support, more agency endowments and with creative programs that have enhanced the ability to provide service to the region beyond Fayette County.
CFFC now holds over 150 Funds, $15 million in assets, and first attained national accreditation from the Council on Foundations in 2009 and re-accreditation in 2014. In 2009, the CFFC was named the Outstanding Foundation in Western Pennsylvania by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Gifts to the CFFC can be directed to any of the existing Funds or donors can create their own Fund and make distributions from the Fund 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.