What is a Community Foundation?

By definition, a community foundation, like YCF, is a tax-exempt, non-profit, autonomous, publicly-supported, non-sectarian philanthropic composed primarily of permanent, named, component funds established by many separate donors for the long-term benefit of the residents of a defined geographic area, typically no larger than a state.


YCF is such a public charity created by and for the people of North-Central West Virginia. We enable local people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about — immediately, or through their will. Our donors can establish a charitable fund at YCF by contributing a variety of assets, and may also recommend grants — in their name, if they choose — to nonprofit groups they want to support.

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Schmidt Family Fund Awards Grant to Disability Action Center

September 8, 2021 Fairmont, WV – The Francis and Coletta Schmidt Family Fund, a donor-advised fund managed by Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc. (YCF), recently presented a $1,000 grant to the Disability Action Center, Inc. (DAC)…. Read More