About Us


Better communities for all.


Building and enhancing the quality of life in the greater Rochester area through philanthropic leadership and community partnerships.


Our core values provide the basis of how we serve.  These core values are:

We work to deserve the trust of those we serve by operating ethically with honesty, openness and respect in all aspects of our work.

We believe in the transformative power of partnerships, combining resources for community benefit. 

We value persons, from all walks of life and we seek broad community involvement; working together in partnership we accomplish much more.

We demonstrate and welcome creativity, resourcefulness and ingenuity for achieving community good.

      We take seriously the fiduciary responsibility of safeguarding and growing the philanthropic             assets and resources entrusted to us for the good of the greater Rochester area.

Higher Standards

CF National Standards

Rochester Area Foundation meets National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector.