1. CRCF is local and here for you.
As a public foundation, CRCF was created by community members for the entire community. If you have charitable needs or philanthropic interests, CRCF can help.
2. CRCF has its own legacy.
Established in 1978, CRCF has a proven reputation as a careful investor of your monetary gifts and a knowledgeable source of information on community needs and solutions.
3. CRCF is based on forever.
CRCF is built on a foundation of permanence. Endowment funds start small but grow in time, just like the Foundation. As community needs change over time, the Foundation adapts to meet those needs.
4. CRCF makes the community better.
Last year, CRCF awarded more than $3.2 million in grants and scholarships to support the arts, economic development, educational and human service programs.
5. CRCF truly gives back.
Recently, CRCF reached nearly $100 million in assets. Over time, more than $55 million has been awarded back to the community through grants and scholarships, with the remainder invested for fund growth.
6. CRCF makes giving simple.
Almost any kind of asset can be donated to the Foundation, such as, cash, publicly traded securities, stocks, and bonds. CRCF also offers individuals a variety of planned giving options including, bequests, and charitable gift annuities, as well as, the option to name CRCF as a beneficiary of a retirement or life insurance policy.
7. CRCF knows the community.
With hundreds of local nonprofit and religious organizations, it can be difficult to decide where to make your impact. CRCF works closely with these organizations and can assist you in understanding how best to support the causes closest to your heart.
8. CRCF is designed to benefit the entire community.
While many organizations are dedicated to serving one demographic or addressing one issue, CRCF is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the entire Chautauqua region. With input from community and organizational leaders, and local residents, CRCF grants dollars to address a broad range of needs.
9. CRCF is comprised of people of the community.
Our Board of Directors and membership are made up of local volunteers who are active in the community. They represent all sectors of business and nonprofit work, and demonstrate knowledge of the needs of our community.
10. CRCF succeeds on reputation.
Over 700 individuals have created funds at the Foundation, entrusting us to carry out their charitable wishes. As our reputation grows, so do the number of people who believe in our mission and can make a difference today and into the future.