Establish your philanthropic legacy, and make a difference in our community
Opening a fund is easier than you might think, considering that the impact of your generosity may last for generations to come. To get started, there are a few things you might consider in order to make your fund a true reflection of your individuality and your philanthropic wishes. The answers to the questions on this page will help us create a personalized fund that accurately reflects your charitable intentions.
How do you want to change your community through giving? What are your unique interests? How will the world be different because of your commitment?
You can decide whether you want to create an Expendable Fund to help community organizations today, or build a permanent Endowment to support their needs, today, tomorrow and forever.
"What are you passionate about?" We asked our fundholders to share what drives their charitable giving.
We offer a variety of funds structured to meet a multitude of donor goals. You may want the flexibility offered by a Donor Advised Fund, or you many prefer to direct your giving only to certain charities through a Designated Fund. You can also choose to impact a certain cause, while asking us to help identify the organizations doing the most effective work in that field through a Field of Interest Fund. Or, you may be interested in supporting deserving students through a Scholarship Fund. Whatever your interests, our Fundholder Resources team can help you establish a charitable fund to match them.
You will want to decide if you are giving current assets, or you want to give after you are gone through your estate plan – or both.
Cash Gifts: Donors can give by check, money order or cash
Other Assets: Gifts of non-cash assets may allow you to make a substantial contribution while receiving valuable tax advantages. Generally, you may deduct the fair market value of the gift and the capital gain from the donated asset will pass tax free to your fund at the Foundation. While we readily accepts publicly traded securities, other gifts, such as closely held stock, IRA assets, partnership interests and some tangible personal property, may also be accepted based on review by our board.
When you include a gift to your fund at the Foundation in your estate plan, you make a charitable gift, enjoy tax benefits, and preserve economic security for yourself and your family. We can work with you and your professional advisor to find a charitable estate vehicle that works for you. Some future gifts may allow you to receive an income during your lifetime and benefit your favorite causes after you are gone.
For more details about giving later, view our Smart Ways to Boost Your Fund brochure.
Contact us to schedule a conversation with our Fundholder Resources team. Want to get a head start? Explore the types of funds available at the Foundation, and – when you know what giving vehicle best suits your charitable mission – peek through the appropriate digital fund agreement to get started, if you'd like.