What matters to you most? We can help make it happen.
When you work with our relationship managers, you are offered expert philanthropic solutions that will give you the control, the flexibility and the impact you are looking for. Our relationship managers take the worry out of granting large sums of money. You can be confident that your grants will be recognized, tracked, and will make an impact.
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- Nonprofit Research includes checking a charity’s nonprofit status, its IRS 990 form to learn the percentage of its budget spent on administration and fundraising, and its program focus and current funding priorities.
- Explore Giving Opportunities. If you know what you want to do but don’t know which charity to support, your relathionship manager will make inquiries and recommend organizations doing great work in your interest area.
- Site visits can deepen your relationship with your philanthropy. We welcome you along to meet the nonprofit director and learn more about the programs you support.
- Custom Grant Management. We can manage requests for grant proposals from your fund, publicize and collect the Requests for Proposals, and synthesize the returned information to make your grant decisions easier.
- Philanthropic Strategy. Our team can help you define or refine short- and long-term giving goals and strategies, identify emerging opportunities for impactful grantmaking and develop a family giving plan for current and future generations.
- Scholarship Program Development. Our team can work with you to design and manage a scholarship aid program for students who meet your selected criteria. We can help develop program parameters, understand what kind of support to provide recipients, as well as develop materials and other outreach efforts to reach the targeted students. We will help process applications, host interviews, and process payments.
- Anonymous Giving. Unlike a private foundation whose financial reports and tax returns are public information, a charitable fund with the Community Foundation can safeguard donor privacy at any level desired. Donors may choose a fund or foundation name that ensures anonymity, ensuring their name does not appear on grant checks, financial reports or other public documents. Donors may differentiate between gifts made anonymously and gifts that carry the name of the family, foundation or company. We can also manage relations with grantees and beneficiaries, handle all mail and correspondence and much more.
Generational Giving Strategies. We work with each member of the family to identify what matters most to them. We can help families build consensus around their philanthropic goals, and work with your family to build a giving plan that accurately reflects your values and motivations. We can help you create guiding principles, outline meaningful roles and coach on best practices to create your family giving strategy.
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In 2018, Community Foundation funds distributed more than $11.7 million in grants and scholarships. The Community Foundation manages more than 230 separate charitable funds worth more than $106.7 million. We can help you plan your contribution to receive maximum tax advantages. You are encouraged to make well-researched grants. Community Foundation program staff will research and present you with grant opportunities that make the most of your generosity. As a fundholder of the Community Foundation, you are encouraged to meet with nonprofit executives at our office, or accompany Program staff on a site visit. Get to know the nonprofits you support. When you do, your giving will mean more to you and will have a bigger impact.