About The Summit Foundation

We’re here for good.

Our Mission

We foster philanthropy by identifying local needs and offering donors flexible ways to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create enduring impact by actively engaging residents, nonprofits, and local networks in expanding resources and possibilities for people to prosper in our area. Together, we support each individual’s potential to thrive and contribute for generations to come.

Our Story

In 1972, a group of Summit residents united around a shared interest in community and a desire to enhance the lives of those who call the Summit area home. Those dedicated citizens laid the groundwork for a community foundation – The Summit Foundation. Rooted in their vision, our purpose endures – to foster philanthropic giving, build resources, and strengthen the community.

What We Do

  • We strengthen the region where we live, work, and interact each day.
  • We solicit and invest funds prudently to ensure long-term growth that supports philanthropic activities.
  • We use competitive grants and the goals of our donors to meet the needs of our community.
  • We facilitate collaboration, awareness, and solutions for donors and service providers to improve the lives of our community members.

Our Values

We believe that leaders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives can foster a culture of adaptive and impact-oriented philanthropy and create opportunities for a community where all can thrive. Incorporating different voices enhances our knowledge of the challenges and goals of people in the Summit area.

We provide a range of funds to accommodate donor preferences, including a general unrestricted fund, donor-advised funds, scholarship funds, and special-purpose funds.