Where to Start?
The Community Foundation accepts a wide variety of gifts and provides donors a number of easy and flexible ways to donate. Everyone can participate, regardless of charitable interest and abilities to give.
In addition, as a public charity, we provide an effective, tax-exempt way to support your local charitable activities. Our development staff is pleased to provide a free, personalized analysis regarding your charitable gift annuity rate and tax deduction information.
As some of these giving vehicles are complex and related to other estate planning, we encourage you to work with your lawyer or financial advisor.
You have several choices to consider as you explore giving through our community foundation. With more than 1.5 million charities registered in the U.S, how can you decide which causes to support?
1. Pick an issue you really care about.
Whether it’s curing breast cancer, feeding the hungry in Africa, or your own neighborhood, brainstorm all of the causes that lie close to your heart.
2. Investigate the organization’s mission statement and programs.
An organization should have a strong mission statement that defines its cause, and a solid description of its programs, so you can be sure of what your money supports.
3. What type of charitable gift is right for you and your lifestyle?
Becoming a member of our donor family offers an easy way for you to accomplish your charitable dreams. As our partner in giving, you receive the simplicity and tax advantages of a public charity combined with the personal recognition, involvement and flexibility of a private foundation.
You also gain access to the highest level of strategic thinking on ways to meet community challenges to help make your contributions as effective as possible. And because we plan to be here, serving this community for a long time, you can be assured that there will be a permanent source of funds available for issues you care about.
What type of fund best meets your charitable goals?
There are several types of charitable funds available to support your giving. Choose the one that matches your personal approach to giving and your charitable intent.
A significant way the Community Foundation is making a difference in Carroll, Haralson and Heard Counties is through the Community Impact Fund’s annual competitive grant process. Organizations in the three counties can apply for grants that are awarded in six areas:
- Arts and Culture
- Economic Development
- Human Services
- Medical and Hospice
The Community Impact Fund is an endowed fund, so every donation not only contributes once, but the contribution grows and continues to give forever!
2. Designated Funds
An individual donor or an organization can establish a Designated Fund that gives a specific non-profit group or organization a predictable flow of funds for operating and/or capital needs. If the organization should cease to operate, the Foundation would then continue the organization’s charitable objectives.
Click here to view all Designated Funds.
3. Donor Advised Funds
Donor advised funds are established by donors who wish to actively participate in the grant-making process. Individuals who establish a donor advised fund recommend charitable projects or organizations they want to support. It is easy to give to multiple nonprofits through a donor advised fund. In addition to the Community Impact Fund, The Community Foundation offers multiple ways to create a fund that matches your passion with a purpose.
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4. Field of Interest Funds
Click here to view all Field of Interest Funds.
You may choose to donate to the Founders Society that supports the operation of the Foundation.