The Renton Community Foundation is the result of a grass-roots effort by local community leaders to create a long-lasting funding source to meet emerging community needs. In 1999, members of the Renton Chamber Board voted to change the name of the chamber foundation to the Renton Community Foundation, thereby transferring over approximately $257,000 in original Chamber funds to the new community foundation. New foundation board members recruited five major stakeholders to their cause: President of the Renton Chamber; President of Valley Medical Center; President of Renton Technical College; Superintendent of Renton Schools; and a major City of Renton official. These individuals made a commitment to serve on the new community foundation board for a minimum of five years. Today, these stakeholders still play a major role in RCF’s future, both as fund-holders and as board and committee members.
Today, the Foundation manages over $8 million and fifty individual charitable funds. Our goal is to increase that as much as possible so that we can make an enduring impact on our community through the power of philanthropy.