If you are interested in partnering with the Community Foundation to manage your charitable giving during your lifetime, the Community Foundation has many options to help you meet your philanthropic goals.
Create a Customized Fund
By creating a fund, you can work with our staff to create a strategy tailored to your charitable interests, time-horizon for community investment and giving philosophy. We offer several different fund types, including but not limited to donor advised funds, to carry-out your charitable intention. Click here for a brief summary of each fund type, then get in touch to get started.
Give Forever – the Power of Endowment
Endowed gifts become a part of the Community Foundation’s permanent endowment, meaning the Community Foundation works to ensure that they will accomplish you charitable goals and benefit our community forever. Your gift is preserved in perpetuity, with the funds pooled for maximum benefit and invested to achieve long-term capital growth.
A Champion for Your Goals
The Community Foundation is a champion for your charitable goals and the steward of your charitable intention. As we build an understanding of the causes and issues you care about, our donor services team can work with you to identify unique opportunities aligned with your charitable goals. Should you elect to extend the influence of your charitable gifts beyond your lifetime, the Community Foundation will steadfastly steward your charitable intention far into the future. Preserving each and every donor’s charitable intent is essential to our mission, regardless of the size of the gift you entrust to us.
Collaborate for Greater Community Impact
Consider the power of collective giving to leverage your charitable resources for maximum impact.
Community Impact Fund
By contributing directly to the Community Impact Fund, you can pool charitable resources with other donors to fund strategic grantmaking and special initiatives targeted to meet our community’s most pressing needs, now and in the future. The Community Impact Fund is a permanent fund that provides grant funding to nonprofits throughout our five-county region, empowering the people and organizations that best understand how to serve their communities with the resources they need. Grants are deployed through the FRAMEWORK NAME (link to Programs section with focus area descriptions?), which was developed in 2019 after conversations with hundreds of residents across our region. Fundamental to the Community Impact Fund is our core belief that our community is better, woven together.
The Community Foundation administers funds that have been established over time by passionate donors to target specific issues essential to strengthening the fabric of our community. By contributing directly to a targeted fund, you can join a community of philanthropists focused on the causes or issues you care about.
Giving Together is a program that invites you directly to the grantmaking table to co-invest with the Community Impact Fund as part of our community grantmaking process. Through the Giving Together process, you can support creative programs and start-up nonprofits meeting critical local needs, and have access to exciting and innovative funding opportunities.
Our Giving Strategies Officer, Sarah Edwards, is available to help you learn more about Giving Together.
The Giving Together process works as follows:
- Notify the Community Foundation that you would like to be part of the Giving Together Process.
- You may elect to review grant applications, attend site visits and provide recommendations of grants to be funded as part of the formal vetting process, but it is entirely up to you how involved you wish to be with the process.
- Attend the Giving Together luncheon where funding opportunities for that cycle are unveiled.
- Make gifts to the programs and projects that spark your interest.