"These people are truly struggling with life, but there are those who pull themselves up by their bootstraps. The Community Foundation has been there for us and for them and that’s made all the difference." - Becky Whelchel, Episcopal Metropolitan Ministry


Community foundations were created to impact issues of concern within a specific geographic area.  The foundation acts as a resource for local citizens, businesses, and groups who want to pool their assets in an effort to make their community a greater place for all who live there. Through grants and scholarships, the foundation becomes the vehicle for individuals to shape the future of their community.

At the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, our desire is to help you make Chattanooga a greater place to live, work and grow. We do everything in the spirit of our mission: to encourage giving, and inspire action to improve lives in the Chattanooga area.

The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga provides you with many opportunities to give directly to areas of concern in our community. The tools we offer make it easy for you to give or establish your own funds, if you like. We also have a number of convenient options for giving, so together we can build a greater future for Greater Chattanooga.

How to Give

Because we serve a community of individuals with specific interests and goals, the Community Foundation has created several avenues for your charitable giving.

We manage over 300 funds, and provide scholarships and grants that impact almost every aspect of our community. We want to help you choose the right place for your gift.

We offer resources and experience to members of the Chattanooga community that will help you put your money to work where it will have the greatest impact. We can also help you avoid the financial expense and mental stress associated with creating and maintaining your own foundation.

We created the Fund for Chattanooga so that you can also give to the greater good of the general community. Our board uses these funds to directly address the most pressing needs in the Chattanooga area.

We also oversee restricted funds, created by individuals for different types of charitable outreach.  Each fund is as unique as its creator and built by a unique base of community members.