You care about your community and ensuring our region is a safe, vibrant and thriving place to call home. Giving locally is one of the most rewarding and meaningful things you can do for your community. We make it easy and effective for you to support the causes you love. 

Let The Community Foundation Help You Make a Difference That Matters for Your Community.

Since 1973, The Community Foundation has helped thousands of individuals, families, and businesses make a meaningful difference where they live. Think of The Community Foundation as your partner in giving. We can help you get the most out of your charitable giving experience – whether you want to learn more about the issues facing our communities, support a specific cause, provide scholarships for students, or help create a brighter future for our most vulnerable neighbors. The Community Foundation offers a variety of options that can be tailored to your specific interests and philanthropic goals.

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Invest in Building Thriving Communities

Support our work to disrupt poverty, deepen culture and human connection, and prepare the region’s workforce for the future of work. Your investment enables us to lead initiatives which spark change, create dialogue, and influence policies to address the most pressing needs of our communities.  |  MAKE A CONTRIBUTION


Open Your Own Fund

Setting up your own charitable giving fund is easy, rewarding, and doesn’t require great wealth. Creating a fund at The Community Foundation allows you the opportunity to organize your charitable activities through one expertly-managed and cost-effective charitable vehicle.  |  OPEN A FUND


Plan Your Legacy

A planned gift through The Community Foundation is a simple yet effective way to create an enduring legacy for the community and causes you love. LEARN MORE

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Linda Youngentob

In 2014, Linda Youngentob and her husband, Bob, opened a fund at The Community Foundation to take the next step in their lifelong philanthropic journey. Linda quickly became an active member of our Sharing Montgomery Grants Committee, lending her keen analytical skills to assess high-impact nonprofits supporting our County’s low-income neighbors. In 2018, we honored Linda as our Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year for her thoughtful leadership, tireless advocacy, and strategic philanthropy which have touched the lives of so many throughout our community.


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James W. Lewis

As a financial advisor and private real estate investor, James W. Lewis found his passion for libraries after being appointed twice by Mayor Anthony Williams to the DC Library Board of Trustees. In honor of his deceased parents, J. Vance Lewis and Blanche B. Lewis, James is establishing a multimillion-dollar fund at The Community Foundation to provide scholarships to Washington-based students studying library sciences.



Richard Collins II and Dawn Collins

On May 20, 2017, a local tragedy occurred when 2nd Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III was fatally stabbed in an apparent hate crime three days before he was set to graduate from Bowie State University. His parents, Richard and Dawn Collins, decided to pay tribute to their son’s legacy through a memorial fund at The Community Foundation.