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our history.

In a little over ten years, South Cumberland Community Fund has established itself as an anchor philanthropic institution on the Cumberland Plateau. Founded by a visionary group of community leaders, philanthropists, and energetic people who saw the need for a community fund in the tri-county area of the South Cumberland Plateau, the Community Fund has made over $1.5 million in grants to local organizations and has invested an additional $700,000 in convenings, professional development for the area’s nonprofits, and placemaking projects. 

 

The result? Where a decade ago the region enjoyed the support of a patchwork of services, today there is a thriving community of nonprofits, governmental units, and schools that are working together to bring hope and prosperity to the area. South Cumberland Community Fund provides financial support through its connections to philanthropic resources on and off the Plateau and also provides leadership, using the power of its grants to encourage collaboration that can lead to transformative impact.  

 

Beginning with a spring grants round in 2012, the community fund’s grantmaking has expanded to a summer collaborative grant round, and the Philanthropy Internship Program grant round, an innovative partnership with the University of the South which combines educating college students in philanthropic principles and goals with change making on the Plateau. 

 

In 2014, again in collaboration with the University of the South, SCCF began to co-host the South Cumberland Plateau (SCP) AmeriCorps VISTA Project, bringing as many as 16 VISTA members to the Mountain to serve at nonprofit sites across the Plateau. Today, the community fund is co-hosting a new AmeriCorps volunteer program, providing funding for local organizations’ host fees and administrative support. 

 

SCCF’s commitment to partnering with local community organizations and leaders is moving the needle in terms of health, education, and community/economic development outcomes on the South Cumberland Plateau. 

Over the past 10 years, we have funded over $1.4 million in direct grants to area nonprofits and invested well over $700,000 in community development work.

Our Mission:

The mission of South Cumberland Community Fund is to improve the quality of life across the Plateau by increasing philanthropic giving and providing community leadership to
  • Build on the strength of the area’s people, communities, and natural setting. 
  • Enhance community capacity and collaboration.
  • Support innovative ways to solve community problems.
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