The Yellow Springs Community Foundation

Supporting donors and local nonprofits to build an extraordinary community since 1974.
Entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing community life, we are a catalyst and resource for local charitable giving and grant making.



Our first heart. Donors are the lifeblood of our organization. Read about giving here.

Local Nonprofits

Our Second Heart represents our commitment and support of our local nonprofits. To learn more about funding or for the online grant application.

Our Community

Our third heart. We believe in collaboration in our Village and Miami Township. More of the story.

Our Impact on the Community

The Foundation reviews and approves grants monthly.  For details see “Recent Grants“. In addition, in perhaps less obvious ways, our impact has broadened and deepened as our experience and assets have grown:

  • Saul Young mini-grants are unsolicited awards to encourage new or low-profile programs.

  • Grants to customize donor database design build the capacity for self-reliance in community nonprofits.

  • Challenge matching grants encourage outreach initiatives.

  • Foundation initiatives, such as our Youth Philanthropy program, bring national movements to our community and expand participation in philanthropy.

  • Networking with other charitable foundations encourages cooperation and the sharing of information and resources.

  • Leadership in Planned Giving provides guidance and supports for expanded donor services and long-term stability for participating nonprofits.

The foundation has had a very positive impact on the community, and it’s a way of supporting things I might otherwise not know about. I particularly like the foundation’s support of children and the arts. Children are very important to me…” – Charlotte Drake

Want to read more?

For more of the story from our latest Annual Report, please click here.