During the 1990’s a group of business and civic leaders worked together to explore the establishment of a Community Foundation in the Elk County Area. After thorough research, the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) was incorporated in 2000 and a year later was classified as a non-profit organization. The IRS conferred a tax-exempt status to the Community Foundation in the form of a 501 (c)(3).
In 2010, the Community Foundation of North Central PA (CFNC) was established to enable discussion in neighboring counties and communities that have not been served by a community foundation within their area. The CFNC was a parent organization to ECCF and other potential communities that would want to serve the philanthropic needs in their county, borough, or even township.
In 2015 we began discussions with community leaders from McKean County about how a community foundation could benefit their region. In February of 2017 the McKean County Community Foundation was established and became an affiliate of the Community Foundation of North Central PA.
In October 2017 the parent name was changed to Community Foundation of the Northern Alleghenies to include the affiliates of Elk County Community Foundation and McKean County Community Foundation.