Our Mission, Vision & Values

Our Mission

To inspire philanthropy for the benefit of the City of Winchester and the Counties of Clarke, Frederick and Warren.

Our Vision

To create a healthy and vibrant community through engaged philanthropy, community knowledge and leadership.

Our Values


Personalized service: 

Community Foundations help individuals, families, businesses and non-profit agencies achieve their charitable and financial goals by providing tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible and effective.

  • Donors can create a charitable fund and recommend grants that support the issues and groups they care about – such as the arts, education, the environment, animals and healthcare – even if these groups are located outside of their local community. Or, donors can rely on the foundation to make grants that reflect their particular interests.
  • We are an attractive alternative to starting a private foundation, since we handle all the record keeping, reporting to the IRS, accounting and investment management.
  • Donors who establish a fund at a Community Foundation benefit from the highest available tax deductions for charitable contributions.
  • Donors have opportunities to be involved in the grant making process, including recommending grant recipients.
  • We can accept a variety of assets and facilitate complicated giving strategies.
  • We pool the assets of individualized funds, giving us economies of scale to hire top investment managers.
  • Donors can choose to be anonymous in their giving.
Local expertise: 

Community Foundations have an in-depth understanding of the community’s challenges and the groups and individuals addressing them.

  • We closely monitor community issues, opportunities and resources.
  • Our knowledge of the community enables our donors to make a difference by funding high-impact initiatives addressing a broad range of local needs.
  • Our expertise helps donors learn more about local issues in order to make their giving as effective as possible.
Community Leadership: 

Community foundations play a key role in addressing community needs – now and in the future.

  • We serve as community catalysts, convening diverse voices and groups to work on solutions to local issues.
  • We build endowments to ensure that grants are always available to support the community.
  • We foster greater giving and volunteering.
  • We are governed by leaders with strong ties to our community.

Discover more about the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

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