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Is there a minimum size for a gift

The minimum amount to establish a new endowed or non-endowed fund is $25,000. We welcome donations of any amount to one of our existing funds.

Will my grant requests be honored?

All grant requests must be made to public organizations or charities with Section 501 (c) (3) status under the Internal Revenue Service Code. As required by the IRS, the Community Foundation’s Board has the final responsibility for approving distributions from funds under its auspices. However, the Board strives to honor donor recommendations. If there are special issues regarding the distribution of your grant funds, our staff will contact you to address these matters.

What kind of assets can I contribute?

The Foundation accepts many types of assets including cash, stocks and bonds, real estate, insurance policies, and other marketable securities. Contact Executive Director Paul Schulz to discuss options.

What tax benefits can I expect?

Contributions to the Community Foundation are eligible for the maximum state and federal tax deductions allowed according to the rules and regulations governing charitable gifts. Cash gifts may be deductible up to 50% of your adjusted gross income. For gifts of appreciated publicly traded securities, the full market value may be deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income. We recommend that you consult your financial advisor to determine the specific amount of your tax benefits.

Can I name the fund?

Yes. In fact, many donors use their name for their fund. You can also choose a name that is representative of the types of programs you want to support along with your name or alone if you prefer to maintain anonymity. Funds will be listed in the Foundation’s annual report and other publications.

Can I get a refund of a gift made to the Foundation?

Once accepted by the Foundation, all contributions represent irrevocable gifts and are not refundable.