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History & Mission


In August of 1999, a small group of philanthropists in Manhattan decided it was time to do something to facilitate the efforts of people who wanted to make charitable contributions to the community, yet avoid the trouble and expense of establishing private funds or foundations. The result was the establishment of the Manhattan Community Foundation.

The Foundation serves as a pool of charitable funds for our community. Through the long-term investment of capital contributed by individuals, organizations, and businesses, the Foundation makes grants to charitable organizations and programs to enhance the quality of life of the community.

In 2008 the Foundation Board of Trustees voted to change the organizations name to the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation in recognition of its relationship with communities outside the city limits of Manhattan.

Contributions to the Foundation and established funds have come from hundreds of individuals, businesses, and organizations. These funds produce income for grants to support a wide range of charitable activities.

GMCF Timeline through 2016


  • Vision: Enhancing quality of life through philanthropic giving
  • Mission: To build relationships between donors and community needs
  • Core Values: Service with accountability, integrity, quality, respect, and transparency

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