Reasons To Give


There are many reasons why your local community foundation is an effective and efficient vehicle to help you achieve your charitable giving goals.  For more information, please contact your local community foundation


10 Reasons People Give to Community Foundations

  1. Community Foundations are local organizations with deep roots in the community.
  2. We have broad expertise regarding community issues and needs.
  3. Community Foundations provide highly personalized service tailored to each individual's charitable and financial interests.
  4. Our funds help people invest in the causes they care about most.
  5. Iowa Community Foundations accept a wide variety of assets, and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving.
  6. We partner with professional advisors to create highly effective approaches to charitable giving.
  7. We offer maximum tax advantage for most gifts.  Some gifts may qualify for an Endow Iowa Tax Credit as well.
  8. We multiply the impact of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts and grants.
  9. Community Foundations build endowment funds that benefit the communities they serve forever and help create personal legacies.
  10. Community Foundations are community leaders, convening agencies and coordinating resources to create positive change.

Benefits to Donors

Giving through your local community foundation offers distinct advantages.


SIMPLICITY -  Establishing a fund or contributing to an existing fund at your local community foundation involves little paperwork and can be done relatively quickly.


EFFICIENCY - One contribution to your local community foundation can address a wide range of charitable interests to benefit one or a number of community needs and nonprofit organizations.


PERMANENCE - A gift to create or add to an endowment fund will continue to provide charitable support in perpetuity . . . For good. For ever.  


FLEXIBILITY - Donors can realize nearly any charitable intent by choosing from among a variety of fund types offered your local community foundation.  In addition, the assets that can be used to establish or contribute to a fund provide an opportunity for each individual, family, or business to make an impact in the way that is most effective for them. 


CONVENIENCE - Establishing a fund with your local community foundation is less costly and time consuming than handling it yourself. The community foundation handles all of the paperwork, record keeping and administrative details.


TAX BENEFITS - The Internal Revenue Service has classifies community foundations as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (affiliates are categorized under their host community foundations). As such, all contributions to your local community foundation are deductible to the greatest extent allowed by law.   In addition, gifts to permanent endowment funds at qualified community foundations may be eligible for an 25% tax credit through Endow Iowa in addition to any federal deductions (a state deduction does not apply when receiving an Endow Iowa Tax Credit).


PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY - Funds administered by your local community foundation are pooled for investment purposes which provides optimum investment diversification for individual funds of any size.  

From the perspective of Donors.


Read more about why donors have chosen to work with their local community foundations.