Your agency endowment at our Community Foundation

Ensure your nonprofit's future by establishing an agency endowment. Our agency funds provide perpetual support to nonprofits, allowing them to concentrate on the good work they do.

An agency fund is a simple, efficient way to develop sustainability for your organization. We handle investment management and administrative responsibilities related to the endowment.

Your donors can make bequests or other planned gifts through the Community Foundation to benefit your organization perpetually and create a personal legacy. No gift transaction is too complex. We also offer charitable gift annuities that benefit your fund.

2 steps to set up

Your board determines how much you would like to invest. Your organization works with our staff to set up a fund in the name of your agency.

That's it.

Your gift is placed into an endowment that is invested over time. Earnings from your fund are yours to use for your organization's charitable work.

We'll handle all the administrative details, including investment management and tax receipting. You'll receive regular status statements on the fund (and donors may add to your fund at any time). You're in good hands; we manage more than 80 agency endowments for local nonprofits.

You're expert at managing your cause. We're expert at managing endowments. Let's work together.

Todd Martin Development Fund: Leadership & life skills learned courtside

In 1993, East Lansing native and tennis pro Todd Martin returned home for a winter visit. He was just a couple of years into his professional tennis career — not yet at the No. 4 spot in the world singles rankings — but he was already thinking about how he could repay his community.

"He talked with his coach Rick Ferman and his dad, Dale, about what it meant to give back to a community that had given to him so richly. So they formed the Todd Martin Development Fund," said Nancy Danhof, executive director of the fund.

The agency's endowment fund is held by our Community Foundation.

The thing I love about the Community Foundation is it isn't just the grants. I've received so much good information and such good counsel about how to approach things for our organization. You can't pay for those — it's invaluable."

— Nancy Danhof, executive director

The fund's original intent was to provide tennis lessons to kids who couldn't afford them. In time, leadership and life skills development became part of the program, too.

Read more about the Todd Martin Development Fund

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