Community foundations are local organisations dedicated to strengthening local communities in the geographic areas in which they operate, in order to make a difference to the lives of local people especially vulnerable people. Community foundations manage funds donated by individuals and organisations, by investing funds in order to achieve capital growth and by acting as the vital link between donors and local needs, connecting people with causes, thus enabling donor partners to achieve far more than they could ever if working in isolation.
Community foundations are independent and respond to genuine need. Community Foundations provide expert advice and possess thorough local knowledge. By combining these resources the Foundation tries to ensure that giving makes a lasting impact in the area that the community cares about most.
Community foundations are a growing phenomenon throughout the world. West Coast Community Foundation is a member of the Southern African Community Grant Makers Leardership Forum (SACGLF) which has members in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia.