The Community Foundation is a resource you can use to know where you can make a real difference in the community. If you're interested in a specific issue, need or opportunity, we can provide you with the names of local charities effectively focusing on that area.
Budget for giving
Put your philanthropic activities in your budget just as you would other financial obligations.
Be an informed giver
Don't be afraid to ask questions when youíre asked to give, including the specific name of the solicitor and his or her relationship to the organization, how much of your gift will be used for overhead, and the specific projects the money will fund. Give only when you feel comfortable that your dollars will be going to support an organization you know and believe in.
Keep your records
For gifts you make to your charitable fund at the Community Foundation, we will provide a properly worded receipt as a confirmation of these tax-deductible contributions. Gifts made from your fund will not be recognized with a receipt since you have already received a deduction for the original gift.
Ask about matching gifts
Many employers match gifts made by their employees or make grants to organizations recommended by employees. Be sure to ask your company.
Your gift can be confidential
If you prefer to have gifts from your charitable fund remain confidential, please let us know. Your gifts can be made anonymously.
Consider other ways to give
There are many ways to give including bequests, life insurance, IRAs, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, charitable gift annuities, gifts in kind, and endowments. We'll work with you, your financial advisor and your attorney create the best plan for you and your family.
In addition to financial support, consider giving your time and skills. You'll help the organization and also make contacts, hone your skills, and learn more about the charities you want to support.
You can say no
Give generously when you can, but if youíre unsure or feel uncomfortable, donít be afraid to say no. If you want to consider a donation, ask for more information and take time before making your decision.