Choose how you give

Put your philanthropic plan into action. Our Community Foundation offers a number of giving options to suit your needs and desires. You can give now or plan a gift for the future.

Interested in giving now? Your options:

  • Named, undesignated funds enable you and the foundation to respond to our community’s needs. Funds such as our Community Foundation’s Leadership Fund provide you the option to make a meaningful investment in our community.
  • Field-of-interest funds allow you to concentrate your giving on a particular issue or geographic area — such as ending hunger, protecting the environment or improving education. You direct your giving to the nonprofits addressing your concerns.
  • Donor-advised funds eliminate the need for a private foundation. You focus on giving to nonprofits of your choosing; we take care of the paperwork.
  • Designated funds support your charitable organizations of choice.
  • Agency endowment funds are set up by nonprofits to grow their assets and, in so doing, provide permanent sources of revenue for those organizations.
  • Named-scholarship funds can benefit individuals attending specific institutions or those with particular backgrounds or interests. You may also set guidelines for candidate selection and scholarship awards.

Leave your legacy

Is your intent to leave a gift through your estate plan? We can help. Planned giving integrates charitable giving with your overall financial and estate planning. And a planned gift may reduce your estate taxes while it supports your community.

Your choices:

  • Bequests: Make a charitable gift from your estate with a simple bequest, as noted in your will or trust.
  • Retirement assets: By making the Community Foundation the beneficiary of the most-taxed asset, your retirement account, you can leave more favorably taxed property to your heirs.
  • Charitable lead trust: Place cash or property into a trust that pays a fixed amount to the Community Foundation for a specified number of years. Once this period ends, the assets held by the trust are transferred to the beneficiaries you name.
  • Charitable remainder trusts: These gifts allow you to receive income for the rest of your life, knowing that whatever remains will benefit your community.
  • Charitable gift annuities: Receive an income for life, while making an immediate, significant gift.
  • Life insurance: Simply make the Community Foundation the beneficiary of your policy. You give a significant gift to charity and receive tax benefits during your lifetime.

Also, when you establish a bequest or other planned gift, you become part of the select group of community-minded individuals that make up our Community Foundation's Legacy Society.

Have questions about giving? Contact our President & CEO Dennis W. Fliehman.

Giving in action: The Kevin A. Kelly Action Fund

The Kevin A. Kelly Action Fund helps those in need and provides opportunities for people to be lifted up from their troubles, their challenges and their pain.

The Kelly Family worked with our Community Foundation to establish this memorial fund after Kevin’s passing in 2008. We’d happily help you create a legacy for your loved one(s).

Read more about the good work your neighbors and nonprofits are doing. Then, contact us.

As my husband and I have established our own fund, we have this unique opportunity to be funders and to provide some long-lasting community impact in an area of our choosing.”

– Peggy Roberts, donor-advised fundholder

When you do good, we're all made better. Let's change some lives today.

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