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Charles Brouse
Enhancing the quality of lives for over 70 years

In 1941, Charles Brouse made a decision that would impact his community for years to come. A Riverside civic leader and banker, Brouse established The Riverside Foundation because he saw that the relationships he'd built with the individuals, businesses, and industries in Riverside and adjoining counties had filled his sails many times over during his career. He wanted to return a lifetime of favors and a measure of his own success.

Brouse's original bequest established an endowment to benefit students attending Riverside City College, and the foundation's primary purpose was focused on funding this and other scholarships. In the years that followed, The Foundation gradually adopted a broader focus – funding health and human services, civic benefit programs, arts and culture, and a variety of other causes. This broader focus led to expanded community impact and a name change in 1979 to The Riverside Community Foundation.

As the winds of change have brought new people, businesses, challenges, and opportunities to Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, the Foundation has adapted its focus to serve a larger and more diverse population's needs. In 2000, The Foundation adopted its current name—The Community Foundation Serving the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino – to reflect a larger service area.

Since 1990, when our records became computerized, the Foundation has dispensed more than $43.4 million in grants and scholarships. These scholarships are given to every college and university in the two counties, as well as to other institutions of higher learning across the country. Our grants fund arts and culture groups, youth and family agencies, and a variety of other causes and needs. Today, The Community Foundation manages assets of nearly $61 million from more than 300 component funds. In 2011, nearly $5.22 million was granted or given as scholarships across the 29,000 square miles that make up these two largest counties in the nation.