Why to give

The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley makes it easy for anyone to become a philanthropist.  With as little as $5000 you can create an endowed fund that will support your favorite charitable causes.  You can help create a stronger community with a gift today that will continue to give back for generations.

The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley offers:


Several types of funds are available to meet the philanthropic interests of every donor.

Many Options for Giving

The Community Foundation staff can assist you in determining the most advantageous ways to give and the best assets to use for your financial planning needs.

Endowment Funds

With the exception of non-endowed donor-advised funds, most funds at the Community Foundation are invested for the long term. When you donate to an endowed fund, that fund is carefully invested, and the earnings are used annually to address specific local causes and issues.

Grant Making Expertise

The Foundation continually assesses changing needs in our community so your gift will go where it is needed most. Our professional staff is available to assist donor-advisors by providing information to assist their grant-making decisions.

Maximum Tax Deduction

Donations to the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, a public charity, receive the maximum tax benefit allowable by law.  Review a comparison of community foundations vs. private foundations to see the benefits.

Professional Investment Management

The Foundation has managed donor funds since our inception. Funds are charged low fees for administration and professional investment management.