Community Foundation of Greater Rochester Prepares for the Season of Giving

As the season of giving approaches, hundreds of Rochester area nonprofits will benefit from the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester. For nearly 35 years, the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester has worked to transform the generosity of each of its donors to help create a strong, health and more prosperous future for the Rochester community.

Artist Rendering of the Veteran's Tribute of Oakland Township

Veteran’s Tribute of Oakland Township

The Community Foundation, like many foundations in communities across the country, is designed to be the community’s fund for endowment and grant-making. The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester currently manages more than 150 funds making it possible for nonprofit organizations to maximize their work, and ensure that community donations are managed soundly.

Renee cortright and Barb Cenko pose with a giant check

Renee Cortright and Barb Cenko

“We have this unique and amazing job of partnering with the community to give donors, organizations and those looking to fund the community’s future  one place to connect and work together,” said Johanna Allen, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Greater Rochester. “During this season of giving, we want donors to know just what we do and how it impacts the community.”

Every dollar the Community Foundation grants represents a donor’s legacy. It serves as a catalyst for change, a partner with other local groups and a resource to provide solutions for current and emerging community needs.

In addition to working with local nonprofits, the Community Foundation provides grant services directly to the community including:


Approximately 75-100 college scholarships are awarded from the Community Foundation to deserving students every year.

Assistance Programs:

Grants made to: Blessings in a Backpack, Sound the Alarm, ALSM Assault Survivor Kits, Career Dress, the A-OK Program and many others.

Special Projects:

Grants made to: Rotary Gateway Park, Veterans’ Memorial Pointe, Veterans
Tribute of Oakland Township, International Velodrome at Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills Innovation Hills Park, and the City of Rochester Sun Dial.

Capital Campaigns:

Large scale capital campaigns in the Greater Rochester area supported by the Community Foundation include; restoration and preservation of the Rochester Hills Museum Dairy, Calf and Equipment Barns.

Funds with the Community Foundation:

The Women’s Fund, focusing on women’s needs, the Men’s Fund, focusing on local hunger initiatives and the Youth Fund focusing on projects helping youth.

To find out more about The Community Foundation, donate, or start a fund, visit or call 248-608-2804.

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