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Selling a Business or Investment Property? Learn about the Zero Tax Sale

September 17, 2021

Selling a business or investment property all too often results in needlessly giving money away to the government, especially when charitable giving is a goal. The Community Foundation can combine such transactions with funding a charitable trust, establishing a family foundation or a scholarship fund, and many other ideas. For those who visit with us, we can help them achieve philanthropic goals and often significantly limit their capital gains tax.

Help Spread the Word about Our – Your – Community Foundation

September 11, 2021

While the reach and profile of the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada have grown year by year, many in our community are still not aware all that we offer. We continue to enlist your help in getting the word out about the depth, breadth and value of services we provide. Plus a special 9/11 note of remembrance.

United in Resilience: Join the Virtual 2021 Statewide Philanthropy Summit Sept. 17

September 03, 2021

The Moonridge Group based in Las Vegas will hold its annual Philanthropy Leaders’ Summit on Friday, September 17, 8:30 -11:30 a.m. The event this year is virtual and highly recommended for fundholders and those wanting to learn about the world of philanthropic giving. The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada has helped support this event to educate and engage an ever-growing audience in philanthropy.

Effective Estate Planning Takes Work, Endurance and Expert Help Along the Way

August 27, 2021

Philanthropic services offered at the Community Foundation can help you learn more about your charitable interests. We help people figure out if they want to concentrate their philanthropy on a focus area or restrict it to a single project or program as part of their overall estate plan. We also work with donors to give to charity, AND provide an income stream to their heirs.

Charitable Lead Trusts: A Tool for Your Family’s Financial Future

August 20, 2021

A Charitable Lead Trust is a wonderful tool to help pass along wealth and teach about philanthropy. How much you put in the lead trust, and for how many years, can be part of your estate planning. It can help you limit taxes and pass along as much as possible to your heirs to improve the quality of their lives as well.

Professional Advisors: Partners in Service and Impact in Our Region

August 13, 2021

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada is privileged to have some 60 attorneys, CPAs, financial advisors, and other advisors listed among our Professional Advisor Council (PAC). These individuals are instrumental to connecting tax-wise and charitably minded clients to the resources and abilities of the Community Foundation. More than half of the gifts received through the Community Foundation are from Professional Advisor referrals. Our team is grateful for our region's many, valued Professional Advisors.

For So Many Reasons, a Donor Advised Fund May Be Right for You

August 06, 2021

Donor Advised Funds offer many benefits: You don't have to make large gifts, you can add to the fund anytime, and there are tax advantages. And, our helpful experts at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada are here to assist you in setting up the fund. For these and other reasons, many people find the popular funds to be the right choice for them as individuals, for their families, or for their business. 

National Standards: The Bedrock of an Exceptional Community Foundation

July 30, 2021

Today’s community foundations are similar in many ways, and it is no accident. Thanks to a national effort by the Council on Foundations two decades ago, the level of services, and operating structure, of community foundations across the country was greatly improved. The adoption of national standards by most foundations was the change that made this happen. The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada transcends national standards in our services, systems, and operations.

Community Foundation of Northern Nevada: At Every Step, Protecting Your Confidentiality

July 23, 2021

The Community Foundation has many advantages when it comes to charitable gift planning. Privacy is especially noteworthy. We meticulously take steps at every stage to ensure the complete privacy and absolute confidentiality in our relationships with donors and fundholders. Total privacy is a key reason we have become so trusted for more than two decades, not only by the people who give to and through the Foundation, but with their professional advisors as well.

Questions and Considerations to Achieve Thoughtful and Informed Charitable Giving

July 17, 2021

Each of us is unique in how we approach charitable giving. Informed, thoughtful consideration can help you have a much more meaningful experience from charitable giving. Here are some questions and considerations to help bring about a great deal of satisfaction and positive feelings associated with giving.

Community Foundation’s Shareholders’ Gathering ‘Connects People’ in a Special Way

July 10, 2021

Planning is underway for the 2021 edition the Community Foundation’s Shareholders’ Gathering this fall. The event is held for those individuals who have personally invested in the Community Foundation, through a gift, establishing a Fund, setting up estate gift “legacy” arrangements, or through the referral of a client.

Margaret Stewart: Two Decades of Growth and Change

July 02, 2021

Margaret Stewart retired as the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada's Director of Communications as of June 30, 2021. CEO Chris Askin – who hired Margaret 21 years ago – reflects on their work together in shaping and growing the organization over the years.

Goodbye Margaret, Welcome David

June 25, 2021

After nearly 21 years as Communications Director, Margaret Stewart retired from the Community Foundation as of June 30, 2021. Yet she is among the first to say that making this a bit easier to weather is the addition of David Stipech, the new Director of Communications and Marketing.

Let's Talk about Milestones

June 18, 2021

At the Community Foundation Board and Staff Annual Retreat, we spend a few minutes talking about the year's milestones. This year we recognized five achievements and events that encapsulated the Community Foundation's evolution in 2020.

COVID-19 Pandemic's Impact on Philanthropy

June 11, 2021

A study published by the Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found donors responded generously to mitigate Pandemic created needs while continuing to support favorite charities.

Community Foundation Trustee Bonnie Read is a Woman of Achievement

May 28, 2021

Bonnie Read, Community Foundation Trustee, was honored for her achievements during the Nevada Women’s Fund’s “Salute to the Women of Achievement” on...

Wider Variety of Gifting Options with a Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund

May 21, 2021

Community Foundation donor advised funds accept many more tax-advantageous gifts like real estate than are accepted at commercial funds.

Meggin McIntosh Knows Donor Advised Funds Enhance Giving

May 16, 2021

It was not always easy for me, and I knew early on after I paid off my student loans that I wanted to be able to give back. I like to give a boost to women who do not give up – to let them know that somebody sees them and cares.

A Mother's Gift

May 07, 2021

On May 9, we thank, celebrate, and appreciate moms everywhere. I am visiting with my mom today, on Friday, and couldn't be more thankful for all she has done for me.

Finding Charitable Gift Information is Easier than Finding Waldo

April 30, 2021

Even though the internet contains so much information available at our fingertips, it can still be hard to find exactly the answers you need.

Welcome David Brokaski Community Foundation Chief Financial Officer

April 22, 2021

Dave joined our staff two months ago as Controller, and then upon the departure of Melissa Tschanz, has been promoted to CFO, a position for which he is highly qualified.

Thank You Melissa Tschanz

April 15, 2021

From our beginnings, in 1998, there have been monumental moments in the history of the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, and one...

Reno Youth Network is now Managed by Eddy House

April 08, 2021

I am pleased to share the Community Foundation's Youth Network Initiative (YOU'N-I) recently concluded. The Eddy House has taken over RenoYouthNetwork.com (RYN)...

Plans for the Next Two Years

April 02, 2021

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada’s 5-Year Strategic Plan culminated in 2020. I am delighted to share that we did well in achieving...

Pitching In at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada

March 26, 2021

Northern Nevadans have a history of giving back and pitching in, driven by a desire to create a caring community. The Community Foundation...

Giving Anonymously to Those You Do Not Know is the Highest Level of Giving

March 18, 2021

Sometimes, because I work at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, I feel like I am wearing rose-colored glasses. Although I am exposed...

Community Foundation of Northern Nevada Leadership for Today and Tomorrow

March 12, 2021

Pictured above: Community Foundation of Northern Nevada Board in 2019 Community Foundation leadership, evident in our work with donors and stewardship of gifts...

Legacy Society Members Make an Impact Close to Home and Far Away

March 05, 2021

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada sends most grants to organizations relatively close to home. We enjoy and cultivate relationships with local...

Community Foundation Marks 23rd Anniversary with Gratitude to Founders

February 26, 2021

It is a weekend of grand celebration for me as the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada celebrates our 23rd Anniversary! So light the...

Contributing to the Community Endowment is Powerful Giving

February 18, 2021

The Community Endowment has reached more than $4.7 million. Since 2017 it has generated annual grants totaling more than $115,000. These numbers are...

Professional Advisor Referrals Initiate Trust and Real Estate Charitable Gifts

February 12, 2021

Two separate clients are working with me to set up Charitable Remainder Unitrusts (CRUTS). Establishing a CRUT with the Community Foundation is a...

Donor Advised Fund Grants Created a Legacy for Donors

February 05, 2021

I love true feel-good stories. Today I have a story about a couple who gave back to our region in a transformational way. ...

Nine Goals for Your Philanthropy Experience

January 22, 2021

As I prepare for the annual Community Foundation staff and board retreat next week, I have been thinking about goals. Goals for community...

The Community Foundation Serving Northern Nevada

January 15, 2021

We anticipate that people seeking philanthropic services will recognize us more easily and understand the range of our region by our new name, Community Foundation of Northern Nevada.

Good News When We Need It

January 08, 2021

I am happy to report on four pieces of much needed good news this week. The positivity and real impact on our community...

What Will 2021 Bring?

December 31, 2020

Welcome to 2021, perhaps the biggest year of change any of us have seen in our lives. I offer a few notes here...

A New Year Filled With Hope

December 21, 2020

I can't recall ever feeling as hopeful for a New Year as I am right now. I am thinking not about resolutions but...

Pulling Together Through the Holidays

December 18, 2020

There is no doubt that this year is different from any that most of us have experienced in our lives. Distanced and smaller...

Caregiver Email Discussion Group Grows from 7 to 70 members in months

December 11, 2020

The Community Foundation’s Caregiver Support Initiative addresses the needs of unpaid family caregivers. We connect caregivers with resources on Washoecaregivers.org and share...

A Rare Gift

December 04, 2020

Once upon a time in a place far, far away (New York City)... a barrister representing a company skillfully, and through his exceptional...

Lyndsey Crossley and Lauren Renda Earn Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy Designation

November 27, 2020

Please join me in congratulating Lauren Renda and Lyndsey Crossley for completing a rigorous program to earn the designation, Chartered Advisor in...

Year-End Giving in this Unusual Year

November 20, 2020

This has been a most unusual year, but its challenges have not diminished our desire to give generously at the holidays. Usually, donors...

Community Foundation Week

November 13, 2020

Former President George H.W. Bush first recognized November 12 -19 as National Community Foundation Week in 1989. It is a week to call...

Honoring Nevada's Health Care Workers in a Historic Manner

November 06, 2020

This has been a year in which we have come to understand and appreciate our healthcare workers' heroism. My wife Ann is...

What Legacy Will You Leave to Your Children and Grandchildren?

October 30, 2020

When it comes to perpetuating your family values, the expression “Do as I say, not as I do” clearly doesn’t apply. In just...

The Community Foundation Team

October 23, 2020

I'm sure I don't say it enough, but I am very proud of every individual on our team. As we celebrate tenures of...

100% Giving Board Award Nominations Due November 1

October 15, 2020

The 100% Giving Board Award, a Community Foundation award program since 2008, recognizes the personal financial support each board member commits to...

Guaranteed Income and Guaranteed Charitable Benefits

October 09, 2020

If you are a reader of Consumer Reports or the Nature Conservancy magazines, you are probably familiar with Charitable Gift Annuities (“CGAs”)....

2021 Community Fund Grants will Address Mental Health and Domestic Violence

October 02, 2020

The Pandemic effects in Northern Nevada reach beyond physical health and economic losses. Isolation and anxiety intensify the problem of a lack of...

Recollections of Dementia October 2020 Update

October 02, 2020

"One person caring about another represents life's greatest value." - John Rohn Caregiver Support Initiative Email Discussion Group The Caregiver Support Initiative Email Discussion...

Learning What is Essential

September 25, 2020

When COVID-19 first hit our region, it felt like life changed overnight. As with many office-based businesses, we knew we needed to make...

New to Reno-Sparks? Moving Here Means Giving Here, Also

September 18, 2020

If you are new to the Reno-Sparks area, welcome. By Jamie Klund, Development Associate Northern Nevada has become a hot destination due to a great...

Giving and Tax Planning in 2020

September 11, 2020

Charities are talking about how the CARES Act provides incentives for donors to make charitable gifts in 2020. [caption id="attachment_1113" align="alignleft" width="185"] Chris...

Virtual Philanthropy Leaders Summit - 2020 Ideas in Action

September 04, 2020

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada keeps our board, staff, fundholders, and community informed and engaged in effective philanthropy through ongoing communication. ...

Legacy Funds - What is Your Why

August 27, 2020

Have you ever stopped to take a moment to think about what is most important to you and what your top values...

Community Foundation Adds New Advisory Board Members in 2020

August 21, 2020

The Community Foundation added six new Advisory Board members this summer and it is my pleasure to introduce them to you. Vic Bucher,...

Resident Views about Life at Village on Sage Street

August 07, 2020

Image Damian Knox “About almost a year ago I found myself homeless, I got evicted from my apartment. I was on the streets for...

Village on Sage Street Reaches 100% Occupancy

August 07, 2020

Thanks to fundholders and donors the Village on Sage Street is home this winter to 216 people, many of who were homeless or on the verge of homelessness. A stable and secure home is life-changing. Even better, the Village on Sage Street is a warm and welcoming community.

In Midst of Challenges - Community Foundation Good News

July 31, 2020

We live in an incredible community — beautiful, vibrant, friendly, optimistic and this year, greatly challenged. Our spirits can use a dose...

Community Foundation’s 2020 Scholarship Cycle Looked Different This Year

July 23, 2020

Managing the Community Foundation's scholarship program is always an intense and rewarding annual focus of work from February to July. This year was...

Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Created by Community Foundation Board

July 17, 2020

“We value inclusiveness, diversity, and equity.  Our organization is characterized by a generous and caring spirit." Community Foundation Core Values As our community and...

Taxes and Stock Market are Considerations in Charitable Giving

July 10, 2020

Taxes are expected to go up regardless of the November election’s result as every level of government, nationally, statewide, and locally, faces...

Philanthropic Advising Services Make Sense of Alphabet Soup

July 02, 2020

CRUT, CRAT, CLUT, CLAT, CGA, DAF—there is a lot of alphabet soup when it comes to the myriad of charitable giving vehicles...

Corporate Philanthropy Partners Inspire COVID-19 Small Business Resource Guide

June 26, 2020

The Community Foundation’s Corporate Philanthropy Partners (CPP) provide more than support: they help us build a stronger community. For example, Corporate Philanthropy Partners...

The Community Foundation Tradition of Service

June 19, 2020

I am proud to share that last Monday marked 20 years for me with the Community Foundation of Western Nevada.  My profound...

Leaving a Legacy through Thoughtful Giving

June 12, 2020

Over the past three months, Program Officer Lyndsey Crossley, and I, have been working with a local couple on a bequest arrangement. They...

Our Core Values Guide the Community Foundation

June 05, 2020

As someone who has benefitted from privilege, I did not earn nor deserve, I am embarrassed for myself at times.  I am...

Nevada and National Organizations Working for Social Justice

June 04, 2020

The Community Foundation offers as a resource, the following list of national and Nevada nonprofit organizations working for social justice. As a...

Charitable Giving and Tax Planning in 2020

May 29, 2020

The CARES Act which provides relief for the nation includes provisions to encourage charitable giving. For those who don’t itemize their tax returns,...

Pandemic Anxiety Motivates Estate Planning

May 21, 2020

Just as travel out of the country is often the impetus to get our plans in order, so apparently is a pandemic. Estate...

Charitable Gift Annuity Earns You Steady Income and Benefits Your Favorite Charity

May 15, 2020

It’s Nice to Have Safe Reliable Income. It is even nicer to increase your income and support your favorite charity at the same...

Donor Advised Fund Grants Have Doubled During Pandemic

May 08, 2020

People are curious whether Community Foundation Fundholders are granting more during this crisis.  The answer is yes!  In the first three months...

Expand Giving to include all of Nevada

May 01, 2020

Establishing of the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force by Governor Sisolak is an important strategy to harness our collective...

Support the Charities that Make Nevada our Home

April 24, 2020

How can we sustain the quality of our community life through the crisis and beyond? This pandemic is devastating, and I hope for...

CARES Act Waives the Required Minimum Distribution for IRAs in 2020

April 17, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted on March 27, 2020, included three provisions for people with IRAs including...

Staying Strong in Uncertain Times

April 10, 2020

I have moments when I wonder if everything has changed forever - if anything will ever be the same as it was. Then...

CARES Act Guide for Nonprofits & Donors

April 03, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law by the President on March 27 includes three distinct loan...

Act with Hope and Compassion

March 27, 2020

Just a month ago I thought life seemed hunky-dory. The Community Foundation had big goals for 2020 based on the investment performance...

COVID-19 Relief Fund is a Way to Respond and Connect with our Community

March 20, 2020

The Community Foundation’s mission is to strengthen our community through philanthropy and leadership by connecting people who care with causes that matter. We...

2019 Impact Report

March 13, 2020

Your support and involvement in 2019 created an impactful year. Thanks to you, we were able to make 999 grants totaling $13,253,000,...

Scholarship Software: Investment in Community Foundation Fundholder Service

March 06, 2020

The need to update our scholarship software became increasingly clear as the Community Foundation’s scholarship program grew to almost 40 different scholarship...

Numbers Tell a Story of Community Foundation Growth

February 28, 2020

The Community Foundation accounting department closed the books on 2019 this week. The resulting numbers tell a story of generosity and accomplishment. The...

Short Stories About Big Dreams that Made a Great Impact

February 21, 2020

As your Community Foundation, we have the privilege of helping dreams come true. These stories show how working with the Community Foundation helps...

A Legacy Remembered

February 14, 2020

Tommy Livoti was a one of kind and his drive and big personality made an impact on me. The realization of his...

Charity Navigator Rates the Community Foundation a Four Star Charity

February 07, 2020

Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator. As a guide to intelligent giving, their mission is to “make impactful philanthropy...

Update on Youth Network Initiative - Our First Initiative

January 31, 2020

The Community Foundation added the words “and leadership” to our mission statement in 2012 and opened an avenue for collaboration and progress. Board...

Stewardship of a Legacy

January 23, 2020

Rodger “Andy” Anderson made a bequest in 2006 in honor of his wife, Dora De Anderson, who died as a young woman....

The Promise of Community Foundations

January 10, 2020

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada is multi-faceted.  We perform services like commercial gift funds managed by Fidelity and Vanguard, like trust...

Reflections during the Last Week of 2019

December 27, 2019

There is a lot of white space on the office calendar during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. In some ways,...

A Community is Building at the Village on Sage Street

December 20, 2019

I stopped by the Village on Sage Street one evening last week at about 7 p.m. and it was buzzing. As I drove...

Congratulations to the 2019 Nonprofit Academy Graduates!

December 12, 2019

Please join me in congratulating the 2019 Nonprofit Academy Graduates! New Executive Directors of 17 nonprofits successfully completed the inaugural Nonprofit Academy....

Connecting Business and People to Build Community

December 06, 2019

The Community Foundation’s ability to leverage 20 years’ grantmaking experience and interwoven connections into initiatives is made possible through the support of...

Community Foundation of Western Nevada Earns Respected Designations

November 22, 2019

Astute donors are yearning for greater accountability, transparency, and for concrete results from the charitable sector. You can have confidence when you...

Your Legacy is Left In the People and Community You Love

November 15, 2019

Last week I wrote about the growing Community Endowment.  A resource created, and invested in, by people who believe in our community. ...

Community Endowment Growth is Amazing

November 07, 2019

Have you ever noticed that sometimes something starts and grows, and we don’t notice it until it reaches a certain stage? One...

The Village on Sage Street - Award Winning Community Project.

November 01, 2019

After a year of work, The Village on Sage is being recognized as an innovative project that fills one of Reno's greatest...

Nonprofit Academy Improves Executive Directors' Skills

October 24, 2019

The Community Foundation launched the Nonprofit Academy in 2019 to provide training for Executive Directors and to ultimately strengthen our region. Seventeen Executive...

Is Your Favorite Charity's 2020 Budget in Order?

October 18, 2019

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada budget process for the 2020 year begins toward the end of summer and by fall we...

Women and Philanthropy Forum Provided Meaningful Information

October 11, 2019

[caption id="attachment_13143" align="alignleft" width="198"] Sarah Nathan, PhD Keynote Speaker[/caption] The Twentieth Century Club of Reno hosted the 2019 Northen Nevada Women & Philanthropy...

Village on Sage Street is Filling Up

October 04, 2019

*photo above: Oscar Delgado leads a tour of dorm building during the August 20, Grand Opening. The Village on Sage Street opened this...

Preventing Financial Scams - Community Foundation New Initiative

September 27, 2019

I am pleased to announce the Community Foundation’s newest initiative: Preventing Financial Scams. Please join me for Breakfast and conversation on November...

Window of Opportunity for Donating Appreciated Stock is Now

September 19, 2019

Fall is the time of year when many of us think about the timing of our charitable gifting. The end of the...

Community Foundation Capacity Equals Impact

September 06, 2019

As an organization like the Community Foundation grows, we have choices to make. The natural choice is to stick with our core...

Professional Advisor Seminar Topics are Timely and Helpful for Everyone

August 29, 2019

Giving Cryptocurrency to Charity / Protecting Digital Assets Join us for an entertaining and informative presentation on giving gifts that are a bit...

Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation has Unique Value

August 23, 2019

Are you aware of the unique benefits of having a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada rather than at...

The Village on Sage Street is Open

August 16, 2019

The Village on Sage Street has just opened and individuals from the waitlist as well as newcomers are moving into their new...

Scholarship Social is a Sweet Celebration of Generosity and Achievement

July 17, 2019

"Being a recipient for this scholarship means so much to me. It has helped me realize that my future plans and goals...

Community Fund Advisory Committee Selects 2019 Grants

July 16, 2019

[caption id="attachment_10184" align="alignleft" width="150"] Lyndsey Crossley Program Officer[/caption] This year’s Community Fund Grant cycle received 89 different grant proposals, each providing a unique...

Help us Honor Jim Pfrommer's Extraordinary Service to the Community

July 12, 2019

Jim Pfrommer was more than an inspirational Board Chair to those close to the Community Foundation. His leadership and influence extended to...

Community Foundation 2019 Board Service Begins July 1

June 28, 2019

Everything happening at the Community Foundation comes under the control of our Board of amazing community leaders, currently made up of 20...

Village on Sage Street Opening Mid-July 2019

June 21, 2019

You may have seen the Village on Sage Street in the news this week.  Reporters were happy to be able to tour...

Stewardship Services Distinguish Community Foundation Charitable Funds

June 07, 2019

One of the important differences between a commercial charitable fund and a fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada is the...

Wealth and Wealth Transfer in Nevada

May 31, 2019

According to the study, Wealth Transfer in Nevada, published in 2008 by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, the net wealth of Nevada...

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada's Proud History and Lineage

May 23, 2019

In 2018 we celebrated the Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s 20th year. As we have now moved on to the next 20,...

How Do We Determine Impact?

May 17, 2019

The Community Foundation is Debuting Our 2018 Impact Report The Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s community engagement work has significantly grown over the...

Planned Giving Round Table Celebrates 15th Anniversary

May 10, 2019

Time sure does fly.  Fifteen years ago, a group of us gathered at the Community Foundation office to discuss the formation of...

The Power is On at the Village on Sage Street

May 02, 2019

The Village on Sage Street is such a large project that the main street runs within it, with 120 parking spaces and...

Legacy Society are Valued Donors

April 25, 2019

The members of the Legacy Society at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada are our most valued donors. These generous individuals are...

Investment Leads to Impact

April 19, 2019

When thinking about investing, do you think about the stock market and maybe also real property?  Did you know donors to the...

The Read with Me Scholarship Fund is One Man's Legacy

April 12, 2019

I frequently write about legacy funds as plans for the future.  This article is about a gift to our community from Dr....

Giving is Easy when Giving through the Community Foundation

April 04, 2019

One of the most important aspects of giving through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada is that we make giving easy, and...

You are Invited to the Campaign for Our Community Launch Party

March 29, 2019

At the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, we believe in what we can accomplish working together. About one year ago, we began fundraising...

Family Estate Planning Series Offered Free

March 22, 2019

Over the past decade, more than 1,800 people in our community have taken advantage of the free estate planning classes offered in...

Supporting Caregivers is Good Business

March 15, 2019

The Community Foundation Caregiver Support Initiative is directed at the needs of family caregivers to seniors in Washoe County. Download the Caregiver Employee...

Community Fund 2019 Grant Cycle Begins

March 08, 2019

We believe in our ability to come together and meet community challenges head-on. We believe in the value of investing in the future...

Making Progress at Village on Sage Despite Mud and Snow

March 01, 2019

Neither mud nor snow nor sleet shall keep the dedicated professionals working on the Village on Sage Street from their appointed tasks. ...

It's How, Not What, We Do that Earns Your Trust

February 22, 2019

In the world of professional advisors, taking continuing education that counts towards ethics is an annual requirement.  I’m very glad for this,...

Year 2018 in Review

February 15, 2019

Last week I reflected on the extraordinary life of service and leadership led by our Board Chair, Jim Pfrommer. Today I look...

Jim Pfrommer was a Visionary, a Catalyst, a Leader and our Friend

February 07, 2019

The Community Foundation is grieving for Board Chair Jim Pfrommer, who died Sunday, February 3, 2019. Jim began his service with the  Community...

Announcing Our Financial Abuse Initiative

January 25, 2019

Community engagement work continues to grow at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. In 2018, we expanded our evaluation of some of...

Professional Advisors are Key Connectors to Community Giving

January 18, 2019

Professional Advisors in the photo above attend an interactive seminar focusing on the 2018 tax changes and how they affect charitable giving. Since...

Community Foundation Fundholder Services Increase

January 11, 2019

During 2018 we doubled our staff in Stewardship, now two experts, Lauren Renda and Lyndsey Crossley manage Community Foundation key relationships. Over the...

Predicting Good Outcomes for You and Reno in 2019

January 04, 2019

2019 predictions say the new year will bring 5g ultrahigh speed on our electronic devices, more on our plates than we can...

Spirit of the Season

December 14, 2018

Is it too early to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and the best holiday ever? With the festivities already...

100% Commitment

December 07, 2018

In the United States of America, we value service.  And when we think of service we frequently think of sacrifice.  I know...

Village on Sage Street Waiting List Demographics

November 09, 2018

I am asked about a lot of questions about the Village on Sage Street. While the construction progress and  site amenities are...

Philanthropic Parenting - Family Wealth, Family Values

November 02, 2018

What is most important to pass on to our kids and grandkids, to future generations?  In my experience, our values are more...

Biggest Little Community Foundation

October 12, 2018

Perhaps we are not so little, in fact, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada is in the top 150 out of 750...

Recruiting Community Fund Grant Advisory Committee Members

October 05, 2018

[caption id="attachment_1113" align="alignleft" width="150"] Chris Askin, CSPG, CFRE President and CEO[/caption] Perhaps the most auspiciously named fund, THE COMMUNITY FUND is the promise...

Big Donors with Big Dreams Accomplish Goals through the Community Foundation

April 27, 2018

The Community Foundation is involved in our fundholders’ charitable interests and manages their grants of all sizes, including large-scale philanthropy. Out of...

Community Housing Land Trust Established

April 20, 2018

We established the Community Housing Land Trust, LLC on April 4, and are now exploring an affordable dorm project, but the story...

Tax Benefits of Philanthropy

April 06, 2018

The Tax Benefits of Philanthropy This weekend we are on the cusp of the deadline for filing our taxes.  At the end of...

Community Foundation is Strong on Leadership and Governance

March 29, 2018

I am proud of the outstanding team leading the Community Foundation of Western Nevada.  From our Trustees (many featured in the picture...

Caregivers in the Workforce: Balancing Life, Work, and Policy

March 23, 2018

Through the Caregiver Support Initiative, it has become clear that those of us who care for a family member at home AND...

Bitcoin Given to Community Foundation

January 25, 2018

You and your charitable giving are the primary concern at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada.  We are tirelessly devoted to improving...

New Year's Resolutions for the Community Foundation of Western Nevada

December 29, 2017

2017 has been a terrific year for giving and community impact. On behalf of the Board and staff members at the Community...

Charitable Giving Might Be Worth More in 2017

December 20, 2017

Have you been on the fence waiting to see if the tax bill would pass, and then, to see what it would...

Your Donor Advised Fund - Your Causes and Your Community

December 15, 2017

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada makes smart investments with our invested charitable assets, but we also strive to be a smart...

A Rare Opportunity to Save While Giving

December 08, 2017

The word I am hearing from professional advisors and others involved with stock is that it’s not the time to sell, even...

Good Grief, Good Deals, and Goodwill

November 30, 2017

This past Thanksgiving weekend, as I recovered from a food coma, I couldn’t help feeling a bit like Charlie Brown in A...

Engaging Millennials

November 22, 2017

I am not an expert on engaging millennials, though my two kids fit the demographic.  Outside of my family, my relationships with...

Websites, Social Media, Connecting and Communicating

November 10, 2017

The Community Foundation has a long presence online. From our first URL www.cfwnv.org, which launched 16 years ago, to our current website...

Opportunity is Knocking for Rural Nevada Communities

November 03, 2017

The Carson Valley Chamber group, Leadership Douglas County, arranged for me to speak last week about forming a regional community foundation as...

Thinking about a Private Foundation?

October 26, 2017

Consider a fund at the Community Foundation instead. At the Community Foundation, we have the privilege of working with many people who had...

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

October 19, 2017

Last week, Lyndsey Crossley, Community Foundation Associate Program Officer, and I attended the Philanthropy Southwest’s Community Foundations in Incline Village. This association...

100 Percent Club Membership Inspires Confidence in Donors

October 13, 2017

[caption id="attachment_6207" align="alignleft" width="150"] Lauren Renda, Program Officer[/caption] Attention, nonprofits! Do you want to recognize your board for their financial contributions to support...

Extraordinary Philanthropists

October 06, 2017

Monty Hall, host and co-creator of TV game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” passed away on September 30, at age 96. During...

Great Grants that Affect Us All

September 29, 2017

With more than $100 million in grants distributed for a wide variety of causes by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, it...

Celebrating the Community Foundation's Qualitative and Quantitative Accomplishments

September 22, 2017

By Jesscia Bantham Thomsen Back at the end of August—a whole month ago, now!—I was excited to join the team at the Community...

Do You Have a Will?

September 08, 2017

Truly a dreaded question, and one we like to avoid.  “I don’t need a will yet; I just got out of college!”...

Release of Washoe Caregivers Website and Guidebook

September 01, 2017

New Resources Aim to Reduce Caregiver Stress Over the last year, we worked with local caregivers to identify and find solutions for some...

Summer is a Good Time for Charitable Gift Planning

August 25, 2017

“When is your busy time of the year?” is a question I am sometimes asked. It is a common assumption that the...

Special Needs Trusts Help Families Provide Care

August 18, 2017

Helping Special Family Members We all likely have relationships with people with various disabilities. Sometimes I think of these individuals as angels, cared...

Lyndsey Crossley Promoted, Felicia Ladson Hired as Executive Assistant

August 11, 2017

Relationships Matter. I recall an unusual question that came up during a conversation with a prospective donor many years ago.  I was asked...

Community Foundation Founders Invested in Community's Future

July 27, 2017

Priming and Starting the Community Foundation “Engine” The perception that the Community Foundation of Western Nevada seemed to suddenly appear and grow belies...

Charitable Investments You Make in Northern Nevada and Beyond

July 21, 2017

It is the greatest privilege in the world to help people with their charitable giving. The word is out now that in...

Community Foundation of Western Nevada Board is the Best in Northern Nevada

July 14, 2017

One of the best ways to tell how well an organization is administered is to look at its Board.  Fortunately, most organization's...

Supporting Endowment Growth

July 07, 2017

I’m pleased to share that the Community Foundation Board recently approved two policy changes which will encourage endowment growth. We are lowering our...

AFP's Donor's Bill of Rights is a Standard of Excellence for Charities

June 23, 2017

Love Your Country, Love Your Fellow Man Giving is patriotic.  The expression of “Love of Mankind,” through philanthropy is such a precious part...

Privacy and Anonymity in the Age of Information Offered by the Community Foundation

June 16, 2017

Have you given up on trying to be a private person? I find it disconcerting to know that our purchases, our travel,...

The Greatest Game - Putt Putt Golf Classic for Charity

June 02, 2017

There are few avid golfers on the Community Foundation of Western Nevada staff, but last Thursday afternoon we took the afternoon off...

Norma Webster, Community Foundation Past Chair honored in Nevada Women's Fund Hall of Fame

May 26, 2017

The Nevada Women’s Fund named Norma Webster into their Hall of Fame at the 2017 Salute to Women of Achievement.  The event...

Big Things are About to Happen from the Caregiver Support Initiative

May 19, 2017

The Caregiver Support Initiative Steering Committee is made up of community leaders,  service providers and experts in aging issues. Most importantly, the...

StreetSmart 4 Youth Restaurant Fundraiser Raised Awareness, Compassion, and Dollars for Struggling Youth

May 11, 2017

Awareness, and compassion, when added to money, increases the good for our community. Streetsmart 4 Youth grant reports are in from the four organizations...

Submit Your Big Idea for Community Foundation Initiative by April 30

April 21, 2017

By Nick Tscheekar, Director of Community Leadership There is one week left to send us Your Big Idea for the Community Foundation’s next...

Workforce Housing in Reno and Sparks is Everybody's Concern

April 07, 2017

Is Housing in our Community Their Problem, or Everybody's Problem? I would submit that we all need to be sure that our community...

Community Foundation Helping with Workforce and Affordable Housing

March 10, 2017

In January and March, local leaders and housing experts gathered to learn from an analysis by the Enterprise Group about our acute...

Request for Your Big Idea for Reno-Sparks Initiative

March 03, 2017

What’s Your Big Idea? Big Idea Proposal Form In 2012 the Community Foundation had a big idea to add resident engagement as a...

Community Foundation has a Bright Future

February 17, 2017

Thank you northern Nevada for embracing the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Thank you for the privilege of connecting you, the people who...

Young Americorps VISTAs are Impressive People

February 17, 2017

Just over three years ago we launched the Youth Network Initiative to help youth in Northern Nevada who are experiencing homelessness.  A...

Community Foundation Vision Involves You

February 03, 2017

Having a clear vision is critical to ensuring that everyone on the Board and staff at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada...

Holiday Video Card

December 06, 2016

What Brings You Joy? Filmed in 2015 the message is timeless. Wish we you Peace, Love and Joy. Happy Holidays from the Community Foundation...

Charitable Trusts – Popular and Sensible

March 21, 2014

I’ve been privileged to be a member of the Estate Planning Council of Northern Nevada for a few years and was delighted...

Endowment Building Takes Committment

March 14, 2014

There are only a dozen charities in our community that have sizable endowments.  Ideally, although it will vary based on the type...