Our History

First Board_sliderConnecting people who care with
causes that matter.

In late 1997, a group of citizens formed the Quincy Area Community Foundation with the belief that by working together we can enrich the quality of life now and for future generations.

Your Community Foundation offers people from all walks of life the opportunity to build permanent charitable funds to help address needs today, tomorrow, and forever.

We began with an abundance of enthusiasm and two gifts totaling $1,050. By 2001, your Community Foundation held approximately $500,000 in assets.

In 2003, our Board participated in its first strategic-planning process and declared our mission, values and vision and clearly defined our service area. Our name was legally changed to Community Foundation of the Quincy Area.


Assets have continued to grow as donors have established more than 170 charitable funds, most of them permanent endowments, to support the nonprofit organizations, causes and communities which matter most to them.  Because of that generosity, your Community Foundation has made more than  $4 million in grants for arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human service needs and opportunities. The grants have served people in every one of our 12 counties.

In November 2012, we reaffirmed our commitment to developing locally-based philanthropy and leadership throughout our region with the County Endowment Program. The program offers a one-to-one match of up to $15,000 for any county in our service area that wishes to build its own County Endowment Fund. To date, Brown, Hancock and Pike counties in Illinois and Lewis and Marion counties in Missouri have met the matching goal and established County Endowment Funds. These funds are permanent sources of support for the not-for-profits that make a difference in each county.

Anyone may make a gift of any amount to any fund at any time.  You have the opportunity to specify the purposes for which your donation may be used. By making a gift to your Community Foundation, you play an active role in determining the quality of life. And, your gift also provides a permanent legacy of caring, can adapt to meet emerging and future needs, and can be used where it will do the most good.

Your Community. Your Foundation.