Welcome to the Community Foundation, where the hopes and dreams of a city are made greater every day.

About Us

Who and what is the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (CFGC)? In essence, it’s you and all the other 653,000 people who live in this unique city. It’s through everyone’s interest and support that we are able to place your contributions where they will truly benefit those who need it most. From the young students at Brown Academy to the Community Kitchen to Northside Neighborhood House and so much more, CFGC touches thousands of lives every year and through those efforts all of Chattanooga becomes greater.

The Community Foundation has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and has served the Chattanooga area for over 50 years.

The mission of the foundation is to encourage giving and inspire action to improve lives in the Chattanooga area.

What is a Community Foundation?

Community foundations are unique. They make it possible for each and every citizen or resident to affect the greater good of a city or region. The foundation gives individuals and businesses the chance to come together, combining their giving, creating a large and powerful pool of assets that work to improve all aspects of the community. The result is a stronger, greater place to live and work.

To learn more about community foundations, visit the Council on Foundations, or download this one page fact sheet

Why Give to the CFGC?

The Community Foundation is unique because we offer you – the individual – an opportunity to directly impact specific concerns in your community. We help you join other community members in pooling resources to build a greater future for Greater Chattanooga. 

Giving to and through CFGC has many benefits:

  • For administrative and investment purposes, we pool contributions, lowering your costs and management costs.
  • Our professional staff relieves you of administrative worries and ensures continuity and responsibility.
  • Donating to CFGC provides you with the highest level of tax deductible giving available.
  • Because we exist for you, we offer donor flexibility: you can give anonymously or to named funds; you can give in general or to highly specific areas; you also can give modestly or generously; you can even create your own fund or build one over time.
  • All of our funds are living memorials to their donors; they are intended to carry out your charitable interests beyond your lifetime.

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