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Becoming a Donor

Establishing your own named charitable fund does not require great wealth and it isn't complicated. Plus,

•  You can provide ongoing support to your favorite organizations.

•  You can choose different nonprofit organizations each year during your lifetime.

•  You can make your own choices, or take advantage of our staff's expertise to help you address the community's most pressing challenges.

•  You have the opportunity to distribute gifts during your lifetime or to leave a lasting legacy - or both.

We are here to help with all aspects of your charitable giving. If you have any questions about becoming a donor that have not been answered in this section, please click here to contact us for more information.

Tips on Giving Wisely

Our staff is available at any time to assist with your giving. We have many ideas to share with you.

Budget for giving

Plan your philanthropic activities right into your budget just as you would other financial obligations.

Be an informed giver

Don't be afraid to ask questions when you're asked to give, including the specific name of the solicitor and his or her relationship to the organization, how much of your gift will be used for overhead, the specific projects the money will go toward, and other important information. Give only when you feel comfortable that your dollars will be going to support an organization you know and believe in.

Keep the right records

For gifts you make to your charitable fund at the community foundation you will receive from us a properly worded receipt as a confirmation of these tax-deductible contributions. Gifts made from your fund will not be recognized with a receipt, as you have already received the deduction and thank you for the original gift.

Ask about matching gifts

Many employers match gifts made by their employees or make grants to organizations recommended by employees. Be sure to ask your company if it can help your gift to stretch even further.

Remember, your gift can be confidential

If you prefer to have gifts from your charitable fund remain confidential, please let us know.

Consider alternative forms of giving

Don't overlook the benefits you and your cause can receive from bequests, charitable gift annuities, gifts in kind, endowments and many other creative forms of giving. Ask your tax advisor or attorney to help create the best plan for you and your family.

Volunteer!

In addition to financial support, consider giving your time and skills. Not only will you help the organization, but you'll also make contacts, hone your skills, and learn more about the charitable cause to which you're committing your time and money.

Don't forget you have the right to say no

Give generously when you can, but if you're unsure or feel uncomfortable - or if an organization simply falls outside your plan for giving - don't be afraid to say no. Or, ask for more information and take more time to think before making your decision.

Be a proactive giver!

You don't have to wait to be asked. Plan a giving strategy in advance. Consult with our staff about how your gifts can be most effectively used and where you can make a real difference in the community.

We are here to help you with all aspects of your giving. If you have questions about charitable giving that have not been answered in this section, please click here to contact us for more information.