History

Community Partners was established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1992 to meet a growing need experienced by civic and social entrepreneurs in Southern California: they sought a structure that would free them from red tape and administrative details and allow them to pursue the causes that animated them.

Conceived as a “foundation for emerging philanthropies,” our fiscal sponsorship program has grown steadily over the years to include an average of 145-150 projects led by people who reflect the scope and diversity of the Southern California region. Our connection to and understanding of the nonprofit sector led to work with funders and other institutional partners. Today we are engaged in over a dozen programs and initiatives through our grantmaker partnerships. From initial investments of $250,000, we have grown into a solid institution managing more than $42 million a year.