Why professional advisors partner with the Community Foundation

Estate planners, tax advisors and other professionals trust us to help their clients with charitable giving. 

We are:

  • Client-centric

  • Experts on local nonprofits and community needs

  • Savvy about how to maximize charitable tax benefits

We support you by helping your clients:

  • Establish and name a fund of their own

  • Make gifts of cash, securities, real estate and other gifts to their own fund or existing funds at the Foundation

  • Plan how they want final charitable gifts to be made to leave their legacy

Giving Options

How to recommend charitable giving without recommending a specific charity

You may be reluctant to recommend a specific charity to your clients. We understand. The Community Foundation represents all charities and manages more than 460 funds. Take a look at our advisor toolkit and our advisor FAQ, then contact us.

Thank you to the following professional advisors who have entrusted their clients to the Community Foundation, resulting in new funds and/or planned gifts:


Deb Bauer
Raymond James


Nancy Elwood
Merrill Lynch


Charley Janssen
Foster Swift 


Molly Petitjean
Buhl, Little, Lynwood
& Harris


John Bos
Chalgian & Tripp

Tina Ferland
Plante Moran

Nancy Little
Buhl, Little, Lynwood
& Harris

Lee Reimann
Willingham & Coté


Arlyn Bossenbrook
Bossenbrook Williams

Richard Greene
Greene Wealth

Katie Lynwood
Buhl, Little, Lynwood
& Harris

Jerry Sutton
Sutton Advisors


David Brogan
Brogan, Reed, Van Gorder
& Associates

Chuck Hillary
Hillary Lyons Associates

Douglas Mielock
Foster Swift 

Marlaine Teahan
Fraser Trebilcock


Rosemary Buhl
Buhl, Little, Lynwood
& Harris

Mark Hooper
Andrews Hooper Pavlik

Melisa Mysliwiec
Fraser Trebilcock

Amber Terakedis
Plante Moran


Jack Davis
Loomis Law

Robert Hughes
Principal Financial

Patricia Ouellette
Lowe Law Firm

If you've referred clients to the Community Foundation who have set up new funds or planned gifts and are not included in the above list, please contact us so we can be sure to recognize you in the future.


It is such a pleasure to team with the exceptional staff at the Community Foundation when I’m developing and implementing my clients’ charitable goals. The Foundation is an invaluable resource in mid-Michigan. They make it easy for my clients to go from being well-intentioned, check-writing supporters of causes they care about to being philanthropists for our community.”

— Charles Janssen, attorney and shareholder, Foster Swift

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