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You can count on us to be a solutions-minded partner and expert resource.

You can have confidence that you will remain in control of the client relationship and that your clients will be treated with respect and integrity. We are a solutions-minded partner helping you and your client create a charitable gift plan that satisfies. Our role is to provide support and expertise, so we can work entirely in the background or we can attend every meeting with you – it is up to you and your client.

How can I recommend a charitable gift without recommending a specific nonprofit?

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada is a simple solution. A community foundation provides a single, trusted place where clients can address issues they care about while gaining the maximum tax benefit under federal law. We offer many giving options, including the ability to set up a fund in your client’s name. Clients can suggest grants to the nonprofits of their choice at any time or select one or more organizations to give to annually, forever.

Step 1. Call Shari Netzel, Vice President of Donor Relations, (775-333-5499) to confidentially discuss your client’s planned giving opportunities. We are happy to meet with you and your client to help you provide the best possible service.

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Contact Shari Netzel, Vice President of Donor Relations

Email ShariCall 775-333-5499 Ext. 140

Step 2: Sign up for our monthly Advisor Newsletter written for professional advisors. Each month you'll get news and tips from the Community Foundation, private letter rulings, and relevant news from Washington. Our newsletter will keep you informed when legislative or tax changes impact your clients' charitable giving. 

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Why work with the Community Foundation when your clients are interested in charitable giving?

Because by working together we can make more good happen!

It is easy to help a client set up a charitable fund, and it can be accomplished in less than a day.

  1. Decide what type of contribution the client would like to use to establish the fund. A donor can contribute cash, securities, or other property.
  2. Select a name for the fund. Clients can use their own name, the name of a family member or one they invent.
  3. Designate current fund advisors such as the client and spouse, and successor advisors such as children.
  4. Complete and sign a simple governing document that we will provide and help customize for the donor.

Once a fund is established, donors may:

  • Add to the fund at any time in any dollar amount.
  • Specify how grant disbursements are to be acknowledged: in the name of the fund or anonymously.
  • The donor advisor may recommend distributions from their fund to charities, locally or throughout the United States.

You don’t have to take our word for it!

Check out the members of our Professional Advisor Council. Each of these professionals has worked with us to make their client’s philanthropic goals a reality. Give them a call and they will tell you about their experience working with the Community Foundation.

Professional Advisor Blog

Gifts of appreciated stock: Picking favorites

July 15, 2024

As an advisor, you’ve certainly experienced clients’ emotions running wild! Confronting mortality, addressing complex family relationships, and discussing money all come with financial planning’s often rocky terrain. The Community Foundation can help when you encounter a charitably-minded client who is devoted to a particular stock and may be reluctant to take the tax-savvy step of giving it to charity.

Advising the charitable millionaire next door

June 17, 2024

As clients’ retirement accounts continue to grow, so does the opportunity for clients (and the community) to benefit from careful and intentional charitable planning. Our team can help you serve clients who may be among the newly-minted “401(k) millionaires” as well as clients who crossed that threshold years ago.

Need-to-know updates on proposed DAF regulations

May 21, 2024

Last November, the Treasury released proposed regulations related to donor-advised funds. Although these proposed regulations are just that–proposed and not final–, in recent weeks the media coverage has gained momentum, especially now that Ways and Means members have weighed in.

Consider other (and typically more tax-savvy) charitable gift options

May 21, 2024

Following every tax season, many advisors share with our team that they wish they’d been aware of the many asset types that make great gifts to a fund at the Community Foundation. We’re happy to provide a convenient list of the wide range of property your clients can deploy to meet their tax goals while also satisfying their charitable goals.

Gifts of appreciated stock: Let the numbers do the talking

April 15, 2024

Examples can help show how giving long-term appreciated assets is often one of the most tax-savvy ways your clients can support their favorite charities.

Donor Advised Funds: Recommended Reading

March 15, 2024

We've rounded up recent developments related to donor-advised funds and offer suggested reading materials to help you stay informed.

Tax return reviews help clients level up charitable giving plans

March 15, 2024

Reviewing tax returns with a client can feel like an administrative task that simply needs to get done. But don’t overlook the value of the review process to point out planning opportunities for this year and beyond, especially related to charitable giving.

Philanthropy keeps your clients sticky

February 12, 2024

Retaining your clients or customers is the key to success regardless of your business or industry. The Community Foundation can help you create opportunities to discuss philanthropy with your clients and their children and grandchildren.

By the numbers: What’s new in 2024

January 12, 2024

You’re no doubt inundated with information about the various IRS thresholds that are subject to adjustment. But have you thought about how each of these thresholds might be connected with your clients’ charitable giving? Here are a few pointers to keep handy as you inform your clients about changes for 2024 and also help them tee up their charitable giving plans for this year.

Charitable giving tips for clients’ golden years

December 04, 2023

Before the clock winds down on 2023 giving opportunities, be sure you’re familiar with the various charitable giving techniques that are most appealing to retirees and the various ways the Community Foundation can help.

Tips for Clients' Year-End Giving

November 16, 2023

Support your clients with their year-end giving by offering strategic advice, exploring diverse fund options, and maximizing tax benefits while supporting local causes that matter.

Charitable planning and women clients: Three mini-case studies

October 11, 2023

A look at the influence of women on spending and philanthropy.

For clients who may sell a business, the time to think charitably is right now

September 08, 2023

The Community Foundation can provide valuable assistance to business owners contemplating a sale by helping them optimize their exit strategy.

Legacy giving: A conversation that’s full of opportunity

August 07, 2023

August is National Make-A-Will Month. This means your clients may be reading articles and hearing about estate planning more this month than usual, which makes the next few weeks a perfect time to prompt your clients to review their estate plans–or get their wills and trusts in order if they haven’t done so yet. 

How “catch-up” contributions can boost clients’ giving

July 13, 2023

Learn the benefits of maximizing IRA contributions and utilizing catch-up contributions to maximize retirement savings and support charitable giving.

Zero Tax Sale

April 12, 2023

Transform your community and eliminate capital gains taxes on sales of appreciated assets by participating in a Zero Tax Sale.

Gifts of Real Estate While Prices Remain High

June 10, 2022

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada has a variety of giving options to help you optimize your philanthropy and minimize your tax burden. Gifts of properties can provide many options to make a transformative charitable gift, often preventing capital gains taxes or creating a lifetime income.

The Community Foundation has given us the opportunity to support the community where we grew up long after we are gone. This is especially important because we do not have children of our own. The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada has helped ease our concerns about our estate and how it will be distributed

- Kevin and Anne Marie Melcher, Legacy Society Members