The Columbia Club Foundation (CCF) was incorporated on June 11, 1982 as the Columbian Historical Foundation, Inc. and received 501 (c) (3) status from the IRS on October 26, 1983. The Foundation strives “to restore, preserve, and protect the exterior façade of the historic clubhouse by encouraging contributions and through the development of an adequate endowment.”
The Foundation was created after the Club announced its designation to the National Register of Historic Places, the official federal register of districts, sites, buildings, and structures significant to American history, architecture, archeology, and culture. The National Register listing enabled the tax exempt Foundation to pursue federal funding for restoration, preservation, and protection of the historic landmark.
In 1984, Frederic C. Sipe became president of the Club. He was the youngest president and avid supporter of the historic preservation funded by the Columbia Club Foundation. At the time, the Columbian Literary and Fine Arts Foundation, Inc. was a separate foundation, incorporated on November 1, 1983 and granted 501(c) (3) status on November 13, 1984, which served to maintain all of the art and artifact collections at the Club. On October 1, 1989, the Columbian Historic Foundation, Inc. and the Columbian Literary and Fine Arts Foundation were merged into one foundation. The name change was approved by the IRS on December 29, 1989. Today, The Columbia Club Foundation Inc. oversees both the structural integrity of the historic Columbia Club building, as well as the Foundation’s incredible collection of beautiful paintings, collectables, and other extraordinary art works on display in the Clubhouse.