About Us

We are a public charity in Lebanon, Missouri established in 1984, to meet a wide variety of social, educational, cultural, and other charitable needs throughout the Lebanon area and Laclede County. We do so through the distribution of income from endowment funds established by our donors. The Foundation is fully tax-exempt under sections 501(C)3 and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Mission of Lebanon Area Foundation
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all Laclede County residents by meeting charitable and educational needs through community collaboration and responsible stewardship of philanthropic resources.

Lebanon Area Foundation Governance
The Lebanon Area Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who are community leaders from the Lebanon area and is administered by one full-time staff member and one part-time staff member. Operating expenses are paid from management fees and gifts designated by donors.

In brief, the Lebanon Area Foundation is…         

  • A tax-exempt organization formed to receive, invest and distribute the income from gifts of capital for community betterment.
  • A grant maker and advisor helping charitable groups provide much needed services in health, education, and social services to all Laclede County residents.
  • A conduit through which individuals, businesses and private foundations can support non-profit organizations serving Laclede County residents; we are not a user of funds, we are a vehicle to help people who want to improve their community to fulfill that desire long beyond their lifetime.

…truly a community of donors.

Lebanon Area Foundation Bylaws

Lebanon Area Foundation Financial Statement –LAF Financials June 30 2023

Lebanon Area Foundation Most Recently Filed 990 – 2022 Tax Return