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What Fund is Right For You? We're Here to Help

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There are so many opportunities in our region to make a difference. Some people are passionate about the environment, some about helping children with their education, some want to help rescue cats, dogs and other animals, and the list goes on.

Whatever moves you to take action, you can look to the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada to help you create a fund that evolves with you, your family, and your needs.

Whether you are considering opening a Donor-Advised Fund to start your charitable giving now, or you’re planning for the future, we offer a fund that meets the level of involvement you want in your philanthropy – in the way that will make the most meaningful impact.

Donor-Advised Fund
Donor-advised funds are a tax-advantaged, convenient way to organize your philanthropy, a great solution for: 

  • People who want to keep the fun of giving – but lose the paperwork
  • Families looking for a way to engage multiple generations in giving
  • Securing a charitable deduction when you have a taxable event
  • Structuring a corporate giving program

Scholarship Fund
You choose your Scholarship Fund selection criteria such as the high school or university, field of study, and demographics of students. We create and manage the student application and award process.

Field of Interest Fund
Establish a Field of Interest fund and make charitable grants to support a cause or a geographic area you care about. Donors have created Community Foundation Field of Interest funds that reflect their unique interests, such as supporting seniors, caring for the Truckee River, and improving classrooms and helping teachers in Washoe County schools.

Legacy Fund
Establishing a Legacy Fund allows you to care for your community, support your favorite cause, or invest in future generations. We've helped people from all walks of life establish a bequest, which helps put your life in order and set your mind at ease. Learn about tax-wise strategies that can benefit your estate or family and free you up to live your life.

Endowed Fund
An Endowed Fund generates an annual grant for your organization from the invested earnings. Our investment capabilities give you access to world-class financial and investing expertise that otherwise might be unavailable.

Affiliate Fund
Community Foundation regional Affiliate Funds are endowments established by the residents of a community for the express benefit of that community – forever.

While these categories cover a range of fund options, the Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Advisors can help tailor the fund to precisely and creatively suit your financial, tax, life and charitable goals. Our nonprofit mission and culture means that each of us is here to serve the community, and that means you

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada is strengthening our community through philanthropy and leadership by connecting people who care with causes that matter. We welcome your call at 775-333-5499 or email us at Or visit our website,