A recently appoint president of the Kern Community Foundation begins her article about her foundation with a good historical perspective on the localism in a community foundation.
"'So what is a community foundation?'
"Having joined Kern Community Foundation almost one year ago, this is the question that comes up most frequently in conversations.
"The community foundation model was born more than 100 years ago by banker Frederic Goff in Cleveland, who realized the value of creating a permanent fund that would benefit citizens in his community for generations to come. Some of the earliest investments of the Cleveland Foundation included research that led to reforms in public education and criminal justice. One effort even helped create a system of public parks and open spaces that increased access to nature for all city residents."--Kristen Barnes,