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Vision & Mission

South Cumberland Community Fund, established in January 2012 under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, represents the first local philanthropic entity to serve the tri-county area of the South Cumberland Plateau in rural Tennessee.


This isolated highland region lies roughly halfway between the metropolitan communities of Nashville and Chattanooga, but is virtually invisible to the institutional philanthropy in those cities.

To raise the profile of this place and launch a self-help movement, the Fund’s leadership has endorsed the following Vision and Mission:


Vision Statement: The vision of  South Cumberland Community Fund is that the Plateau be a place of hope and prosperity for all its residents and communities, inspired by the Fund’s philanthropic and regional leadership.


Mission Statement: 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, and

  • Support innovative ways to solve community problems.