The Community Foundation oversees the operations of three supporting organizations. Supporting organizations are charities that carry out their exempt purposes by supporting other exempt organizations, usually other public charities.
Like all charitable organizations, a supporting organization must be organized and operated exclusively for purposes described in (Internal Revenue Code) Section 501(c)(3). A supporting organization must also be organized and operated exclusively to support specified supported organizations. Moreover, a supporting organization must have one of three relationships with the supported organizations, all of which are intended to ensure that the supporting organization is responsive to the needs or demands of the supported organization and intimately involved in its operations and that the public charity is motivated to be attentive to the operations of the supporting organization.