Top 5 Reasons to Partner With a Community Foundation

As you determine how to make the most of your charitable giving, here are five reasons to consider partnering with the Community Foundation:

1.     You’ll help those who are closest to you. Whether you establish a new endowment, or contribute to an established fund, you’ll positively impact your neighbors and neighborhood organizations – schools, food banks, community theater, first responders – the very people and groups that add vitality, enrichment and security to the community in which you live.

2.    You’ll magnify the impact of your investment. Contributions to the Community Foundation are pooled with other individual gifts and corporate grants, ensuring that every contribution has a larger impact, for a longer period of time.

3.    You’ll be able to give in a variety of ways. The Community Foundation enables you to contribute cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, property, and bequests, while ensuring you recognize the maximum tax advantage.

4.    You’ll benefit from local expertise and community leadership. The Community Foundation was established to address local area needs and as such we benefit from the insight of community leaders who are well versed in the issues, resources, and opportunities where donors can make the greatest impact.

5.    You’ll target the focus of your charitable giving as you see fit. Community Foundation offers a variety of ways to establish Funding mechanisms including:

Donor Advised Funds – You’ll work with the Foundation’s professional programs staff, identifying ways to use dollars from your Fund to address the issues and causes you care about most.

Unrestricted Funds – Your gift can address ever-changing community issues – including future needs that often cannot be anticipated when your gift is made. Unrestricted Funds enable Community Foundation experts to respond to pressing needs today and tomorrow.

Field of Interest Funds – You can target your gift to address needs in an important area of community life – arts and culture, economic development, education, the environment, health and human services, and more.

Scholarships – You can invest in your community’s future and show students you care, while determining the criteria for eligibility for recipients.

Designated Funds – You can direct your gift to a specific nonprofit organization or purpose, such as a senior center or museum.

Agency Funds – These allow nonprofit organization to build their endowments by taking advantage of the Community Foundation’s sophisticated investment and other support services.






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