History

Dick HuizengaDick Huizenga had a great idea back in 1983 – establish a community foundation for the Rochester Community. He was the Chief Financial Officer of Rochester Community Schools and he saw a real need for a centralized place for giving. He started with a $3,000 donation from Rochester Kiwanis Club and a group of local leaders gathered around his kitchen table. For years, Dick was the man with a plan – talking to people and sharing his dream of a permanent financial resource for the Greater Rochester area. As the fund grew, small grants were awarded for local projects and programs. Dick was dedicated to the words of Theodore Roosevelt . . .

"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for our community lives long after we are gone."

Today, the Community Foundation has grown beyond one man. It has become the dream of many people. It has benefited from the efforts of many giving generously of their time and resources. With more than 100 funds, it represents individuals, families, local nonprofit organizations, and businesses. The Community Foundation has awarded over $9.4 million in grants back to the local community and awards more than $700,000 in grants annually. The Community Foundation currently holds assets exceeding $7.8 million, and remains faithful to the premise… “what we do for our community lives long after we are gone.”

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