Our History and Mission

Founded in 1999, the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan currently manages more than 300 separate component funds and has distributed over $17 million in charitable grants and educational scholarships since the organization was established. These numbers continue to grow as more people step forward as generous participants in the vision of a stronger community. There are many different ways of giving to and through the Community Foundation. Funds can be established for a variety of charitable purposes, and can support one or multiple charities.

Our mission is to enable charitable individuals and organizations to become meaningful donors by providing trusted support and expertise for their contributions to make a difference in our community, now and forever.

Our values. We support our local community through:

  1. Excellence in achieving the highest standard in all aspects of the organization.
  2. Stewardship by ensuring the planned legacy of donors through sound financial management.
  3. Strategic partnerships to understand and address the needs of individuals and organizations in our region.

To donors, CFOS represents an effective and innovative giving vehicle, one that combines maximum tax savings with maximum flexibility and the opportunity to make a difference right here at home in and around Orange and Sullivan Counties, and beyond.

To other charitable organizations, CFOS represents the source of grants whose sole purpose is to improve the quality of life in our region. Perhaps most important of all, CFOS is the link between donors and other charitable organizations, and between donors and those students who receive grants from scholarship funds established through the Foundation.