Building Community Collaboration


Building the vision for The Community Foundation’s home at 2608 Genesee Street required a great deal of dedicated planning and generous support. It was an opportunity to create a welcoming space for local nonprofits, one that could also tangibly represent The Community Foundation’s commitment to work collectively to advance community solutions.

Local efforts helped transform the former church, more recently occupied by the Visiting Nurse Association, into open office suites and meeting rooms that reflect the building’s history and evolution. The original vaulted ceilings and wooden beams are complemented by 21st-century architectural features. The building’s design and aesthetics symbolize The Community Foundation’s transition from reactive grantmaker to transformational change agent, as the organization intertwines our rich philanthropic history with new investment strategies.

To inspire and nurture innovation, ideation and partnership creation, The Community Foundation offers its conference rooms to nonprofit organizations without charge. Eighteen agencies and groups used The Community Foundation’s facilities in 2016, holding more than 200 meetings. The generous support of The Community Foundation’s Corporate Partners also allows for onsite nonprofit training to take place each year, sharing information with hundreds of attendees on topics ranging from nonprofit leadership and governance to operational excellence.

In summer 2016, The Community Foundation welcomed new tenants. The Kelberman Center and Compassion Coalition now occupy the building’s lower level, helping expand the vision of advancing nonprofit work through enhanced use of The Foundation’s new home.

These accomplishments demonstrate what’s possible when philanthropy, partnership and passion unite.