We are committed to centering the experiences of those who are most impacted by problems and to widening access to our resources (both monetary and non-monetary) and ensuring they are equally distributed.

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those living and working in the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange. We believe that strong community relationships, collaborative problem-solving, and broad engagement are powerful forces for change.

Our Approach

The Community Foundation, in collaboration with donors and community-based organizations, facilitates effective and impactful grant making, philanthropy, and scholarships while being responsive to the ever-changing needs of our region.

Our Core Values

1. Partnership

We work with others in the community to address significant challenges and opportunities and to achieve better results.

2. Engagement

We connect to the lived experiences and perspectives of residents across our service area to ensure that our work is appropriate and meaningful.

3. Impact

We seek results that are measurable, demonstrable, and relevant to the people in the region.

4. Transparency

We communicate clearly and openly about the priorities, decisions, activities, and performance of all parts of the Community Foundation.