Our Community Foundation offers a range of services and resources to help donors learn about community issues and make the greatest possible impact with their charitable giving.
In order to help donors be effective and efficient, we offer you:
The Community Foundation doesn't sell a particular charity. It caters to donors. What's your dream? They can make that happen. They're more stable and secure than any one nonprofit.”
— Pattie Reynolds, former CRCF president and donor
We are the center for charitable giving in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. A tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) public charity established in 1987, CRCF is a public resource for donors, professional advisors, nonprofit agencies, municipalities, corporations and others who have questions about how to achieve their charitable goals.
A collection of endowed funds, CRCF is a grantmaking institution. We use income from invested assets to support the humanities, education, the environment, health care, human services, animal welfare and public benefit. There is an open application process.
CRCF is a community leader, serving as a facilitator, convener or mediator around significant issues and by providing technical advice to area nonprofits. And CRCF is a protector of community capital. Community Foundation funds are invested to preserve the value of the contributions received as permanent assets of the organization. Annual audits are performed and investment managers undergo periodic review by the governing body to ensure a reasonable rate of return on all funds entrusted to the Community Foundation.
The mission of the Capital Region Community Foundation is to serve the charitable needs and enhance the quality of life in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. We serve and seek out a wide range of donors to build permanent endowments that are used to meet the changing needs and interests of the community.
We derive our assets from many donors rather than one, have broad charitable purposes and a demographically diverse, non-compensated board of trustees. Because we are a public charity, we receive more favorable tax treatment, do not pay excise taxes on income, and have more flexibility in our operating ability.
No. We are a resource for and supporter of them. We hold many of their endowment funds, work to develop their assets and make grants to their institutions.
We have a variety of funds that enable you to start giving immediately or giving strategies that will make gifts to your fund later. You may also choose to do both. Professional staff at the Community Foundation are ready to help.
We manage more than 400 funds and oversee more than $83 million in assets. And we have disbursed more than $40 million in grants since 1990.
There are several fund types from which to choose. You may donate to an established fund or establish your own named fund with a donation of $10,000 or more, depending on the type of fund. Options include: named, undesignated funds; field-of-interest funds; donor-advised funds; named scholarship funds designated funds and agency endowment funds. We accept gifts of cash, securities and real estate.
Bequests, retirement assets, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, charitable lead trusts and life insurance are all welcome gifts.
Yes. Your contributions qualify for the maximum allowable deduction for income, gift and estate tax purposes since the Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity as classified by the Internal Revenue Service.
We manage all the administrative details, while offering you personal service, educational and networking events and notice of funding opportunities that align with your giving preferences. We'll also keep you abreast of emergency and critical needs in our community.
Not if you don't want them to be. While we would love to share your story on our website, multimedia and other distribution channels, we respect and honor our donors' wishes regarding publicity or anonymity.
Members of the Legacy Society have planned a future gift through a bequest, trust, life insurance, charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder or lead trust. We established the Legacy Society to honor those people now for what they're doing for our future.
Yes. We have great relationships with a host of local professional advisors and provide them with all they need to get the process started.
Have other questions? Contact us. We love hearing from our donors.
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