Community Cares

As part of the Lebanon Area Foundation, the Community Cares program was established in 2000 to assist charitable organizations with funding by offering monetary grants to support vital community projects and services.  The program offers assistance to qualifying not-for-profit agencies serving Lebanon, Missouri and Laclede County residents.

Community Cares has provided our community the ability to link resources with needs and offer hope for building a stronger and healthier community by tackling critical health and human service issues. Seventy-six different programs have received grants since the program’s inception, with over $2,100,000 being invested back into the community (2000-2023). We feel that we are truly making a difference in the lives of our neighbors by keeping the funding in our own community.

Please consider making a donation to Community Cares today.


The contributions raised through December will then be distributed back to the community the following year by supporting non-profit agencies that have applied for grants and have been recommended to the Board of Directors after evaluation by a Distribution Committee. Community Cares holds each agency accountable for the funding they receive by requiring reports that ask how the funds are being used and how many people they are impacting.

Community Cares is a program that relies on the combined efforts of community members and organizations.  Donations are accepted year round at all levels of giving.  We rely on the philanthropic commitment of community members.  Individuals and corporations in our community are asked to support Community Cares by contributing a one-time gift, participating in payroll deduction at the workplace, hosting a fundraiser, or making monthly donations.

Simply put, the work of the Lebanon Area Foundation could not happen without the generosity of you, our donors, and your desire to make Laclede County a better place.  Thank you for caring!