Our staff is available at any time to assist with your
giving. We have many ideas to share with you.
Budget for giving
Plan your philanthropic activities right into your budget just as you would
other financial obligations.
Be an informed giver
Don't be afraid to ask questions when you're 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, the specific projects the
money will go toward, and other important information. Give only when you feel
comfortable that your dollars will be going to support an organization you know
and believe in.
Keep the right records
For gifts you make to your charitable fund at the community foundation you will
receive from us a properly worded receipt as a confirmation of these
tax-deductible contributions. Gifts made from your fund will not be recognized
with a receipt, as you have already received the deduction and thank you 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 if it can
help your gift to stretch even further.
Remember, your gift can be confidential
If you prefer to have gifts from your charitable fund remain confidential,
please let us know.
Consider alternative forms of giving
Don't overlook the benefits you and your cause can receive from bequests,
charitable gift annuities, gifts in kind, endowments and many other creative
forms of giving. Ask your tax advisor or attorney to help create the best plan
for you and your family. You can also view more Ways to Give here.
In addition to financial support, consider giving your time and skills. Not
only will you help the organization, but you'll also make contacts, hone your
skills, and learn more about the charitable cause to which you're committing
your time and money.
Don't forget you have the right to say no
Give generously when you can, but if you're unsure or feel uncomfortable—or if
an organization simply falls outside your plan for giving—don't be afraid to
say no. Or, ask for more information and take more time to think before making
Be a proactive giver!
You don't have to wait to be asked. Plan a giving strategy in advance. Consult
with our staff about how your gifts can be most effectively used and where you
can make a real difference in the community.
We are here to help you with all aspects of your giving. If you have questions
about charitable giving that have not been answered in this section, please Contact Us for more