About Us
Welcome to Marietta Community Foundation. We appreciate the opportunity to tell you about MCF- the most flexible and tax-advantaged way to give to the community.
The Foundation was created by a group of individuals who wanted to do some good – and our goal is still that simple. Read about our history.
Top 10 Reasons People Choose to Give through MCF:
1. We are a local organization with deep roots in the community.
2. Our variety of fund types help people invest in the causes they care about most.

3. We offer maximum tax advantages under state and federal law.

4. We provide highly personalized service tailored to each individual’s charitable and financial interests.

5. We accept a wide variety of assets and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving.

6. Our professional staff has broad knowledge regarding community issues and needs.

7. We partner with professional advisors to create highly effective approaches to charitable giving.

8. We multiply the impact of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts.

9. We build endowment funds that benefit the community forever and help create personal legacies.

10. We are a community leader, convening agencies and coordinating resources to create positive change.

Our History
The Marietta Community Foundation was founded in 1974 and headed by the late Carl L. Broughton. The Foundation became relatively dormant before being reactivated in 1992 through a sizable gift from two former Marietta residents, Mary Carolyn McCoy Mildren and William E. Mildren Sr. They established a trust in memory of their late parents to be used as a challenge grant encouraging community leader Robert E. Kirkbride to revitalize the Foundation.
Under Kirkbride's supervision, a new Board of Governors was formed. In 1995, the Foundation received a bequest of $2.4 million from the late Lillian Strecker Smith. Although the J. Frank and Lillian S. Smith gift was unrestricted, it came with a strong directive that the Foundation focus on the needs of the elderly in the community as well as St. Mary's Catholic Parish and Marietta College. This exceptionally generous gift, along with many others to follow, provided the Foundation with unrestricted resources that makes it the envy of small community foundations everywhere. It also allows the Foundation to maintain its commitment of administering more than 280 different funds without charging an administration fee.

Today, the Marietta Community Foundation has grown to more than $20.3 million in assets and oversees more than 280 funds. More importantly, it has also distributed more than $15 million to charities in the Mid-Ohio Valley since its creation.

Higher Standards
Marietta Community Foundation meets National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector.
The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors’ wishes—to support the arts, cultivate gardens, save endangered species, cure illness, expand literacy, feed children—and support countless other important causes.
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. National Standards guide community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment. The 43 National Standards require Marietta Community Foundation to document its policies in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, Marietta Community Foundation submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to a rigorous peer review.
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