The York County Community Foundation was established in 1988 to increase the charitable giving resources in York County. From its first contribution of $10,000, the York County Community Foundation has grown into a philanthropic organization managing 70 funds with total charitable assets of $9.6 million by the end of 2011. The York County Community Foundation is an affiliate of Foundation For The Carolinas.
The Foundation strives to educate the people of York County about the functionality of a community foundation and how the organization benefits the entire county through the charitable actions of donors and volunteers. The activities of the York County Community Foundation include building a general endowment (the earnings of which provide program grants for nonprofits within the county), helping nonprofit organizations build endowments and assisting individual donors in establishing their own charitable giving programs.
The York County Community Foundation currently advises two funds managed by Foundation For The Carolinas. The first fund, York County Community Foundation Endowment Fund provides annual grantmaking dollars to support community needs as determined by the board. The second fund is the York County Environmental and Conservation Fund, established in 1999. As a permanently endowed funds, the intent is to maintain and grow the principal balance and produce grantmaking dollars in perpetuity.