Northern Nevada GIVES: The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada (sponsored)

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a five-part series of profiles on Northern Nevada-area nonprofits and businesses who participated in the 2021 rendition of Northern Nevada GIVES: a guide to charitable giving and corporate philanthropy. Read all the profiles here in a special section that published Nov. 24.

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada
Address: 50 Washington St., Ste. 300, Reno, NV 89503
Phone: 775-333-5499
Facebook: facebook.com/nevadafund/
Instagram: instagram.com/nevadafund/
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/communityfoundationofnorthernnevada

Year Established Locally: 1998

Mission Statement: To strengthen our community through philanthropy and leadership by connecting people who care with causes that matter.

The Community Housing Land Trust develops affordable housing, including innovative approaches toward home ownership.


Core Values: The Northern Nevada community encompasses all of us living here – all people of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities. Every one of us matters. How we relate to each other, treat each other, and live together with the purpose of strengthening our common community is at the forefront of our awareness. Our board and staff are guided by six core values:

  • We are committed to valuable service to our community.
  • We foster innovation, collaboration, and imagination.
  • We are an engaged community leader and ally. We seek to develop and influence philanthropic leaders.
  • We value inclusiveness, diversity, and equity. Our organization is characterized by a generous and caring spirit.
  • We are responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us. We operate with integrity, transparency, and credibility.
  • We are a results-oriented organization, committed to excellence.

Role of the Community Foundation: Our core work on behalf of our donors and the communities of Northern Nevada is philanthropic advising, grantmaking, charitable asset investment management, leadership, and community engagement. The Community Foundation’s assets consist of invested donor advised funds, scholarships, designated and legacy funds, and the Community Endowment. Launched in 2019 the Community Endowment is an unending permanent charitable resource for Nevada. Gifts of all sizes are pooled and invested to address widespread community challenges and emergency relief for generations to come. The Community Foundation serves as a community leader, permanent charitable resource, and a philanthropic advisor in charitable giving.

Thanks to our generous community, in 2021 the Community Foundation awarded scholarships to 215 students totaling $723,085 from 34 funds.


Community Engagement:

  • Preventing Financial Scams Initiative
  • Caregiver Support Initiative
  • Affordable Housing
  • Nonprofit Academy for new executive directors
  • Family Estate Planning Series

Collaborations and Outreach:

  • Professional Advisor Council, more than 60+ attorneys, financial planners, CPAs and other advisors currently.
  • Corporate Philanthropy Partners focuses on social responsibility.

Executive Leadership:

  • Chris Askin, President & CEO

Board of Trustees:

Comprised of up to 24 members, is led by the current officers:

  • Kevin Melcher, Chair, Retired, Elko County School District Administrator and former Nevada System of Higher Education Regent
  • Beau Keenan, Vice Chair, Dickson Realty, Owner & Top Producer
  • Elaine Alexander, Treasurer, Certified Public Accountant, Sole Proprietor
  • Jason Morris, Secretary, Woodburn and Wedge, Attorney, Estate Planning
  • Additionally, a 20-plus member Advisory Board further broadens input from the community

This content was provided and paid for by The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada.


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