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About Us

About Community Foundations — Community Foundations were founded in 1914 to ensure charitable intentions of donors could be carried out in perpetuity. They were established to provide a vehicle whereby people of modest means could engage in large-scale philanthropy by pooling donations. Currently there are 750 Community Foundations in existence.

About Us — The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation was formed in 1997 by an Area Development Partnership Leaders for A New Century class. These leaders realized the need for a local community foundation to serve as a steward for community improvement.  Since 1997, the PineBelt Foundation has provided numerous designated grants to nonprofit organizations and has completed many community service projects – improving the quality of life across the Pine Belt. Click here for a PineBelt Community Foundation Brochure.

We exist to strengthen the community by connecting charitably minded people to causes that matter most. From enhancing education, arts and culture, historic preservation and neighborhood enrichment to attending to the needs of those in the community who are hungry, poor or abused…we touch lives, one story at a time.

Currently, the PineBelt Foundation manages more than 150 charitable funds set up by compassionate donors who want to leave a legacy and make a difference. Our beneficiaries are non-profit organizations, schools and churches. Some of our funds are endowments that annually provide a reliable source of income to non-profits, and some of them are spend-down funds or fiscal sponsorships for charitable projects.

Since our inception, we have disbursed more than $10 million in grants to non-profit organizations, churches, schools and for community projects. In 2016, we disbursed more than $1.8 million in the following areas arts, community enhancement, education, health, youth, human services, religion, and for scholarships.  Please click here for 2016 program support.

Foundation Operation

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that manages permanent endowments and spenddown funds. It is governed by a board of directors, familiar with community needs and chosen to represent a cross-section of public interests.

The PineBelt Foundation accepts a variety of gifts, including cash, stocks, life insurance, property and bequests, providing donors great flexibility and maximum tax benefits.  Experts on the PineBelt Foundation Board of Directors assist with complicated gifts.  Donations received by the Foundation are used to benefit a number of projects that improve the quality of life in the community and benefit future generations. Currently, the Foundation manages more than $4 million in assets.

If you have questions about our operations, please contact Theresa Erickson, Executive Director at 601.583.6180.