When and What to Give


There are many ways to give to your local community foundation. We invite you to contact your local community foundation to learn more about leaving a lasting legacy for your community and specific options offered with each local community foundation.  Below is a summary of options that many community foundations offer to those interested in leaving a legacy through their local community foundation.


charitable assets

Outright Gift
The simplest way to make a big difference.
You can make a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets to your local community foundation. Most charitable gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law.

Gift of Real Estate
A charitable gift unearthed.
Making a charitable gift of real estate through your local community foundation can help you turn your property gains into community good. The value of your real estate may exceed that of any other asset you own. With the help of your community foundation, you can use it to fulfill your charitable interests and receive financial and tax benefits.

Gift of Life Insurance

Community as your beneficiary.
Life insurance provides a simple way for you to give a significant gift to charity, with tax benefits that you can enjoy during your lifetime.

Retirement Plan Beneficiaries.
Working to provide for the future.   Retirement Plans provide an opportunity for you to help plan for your community's future. They can be one of the most effective assets to transfer to your local community foundation because retirement plans produce taxable income. By naming your local community foundation as the beneficiary of your retirement plan, you could receive a number of benefits.

Gift of Appreciated Stock
Turning stock market gains into community investment.
Everybody wins when you make a gift of appreciated stock to your local community foundation. Your gains are put to good use. Your gift of stock is reinvested in your community, and it qualifies for an immediate tax deduction based on the full market value.


charitable instruments 

Bequest by Will
A legacy of giving.
Including a charitable bequest in your will is a simple way to make a lasting gift to your community. When you make this gift through your local community foundation, we establish a special fund that benefits the community forever, and becomes your personal legacy of giving.


Charitable Gift Annuity
Income for today, a gift for tomorrow.
Giving through a Charitable Gift Annuity allows you to arrange a generous gift to your community, while providing yourself a new income source you can count on for the rest of your life.


Charitable Remainder Trust
Planning for the future - for you and your community.
Giving through a Charitable Remainder Trust allows you to receive income for the rest of your life, knowing that whatever remains will benefit your community.

Charitable Lead Trust
Giving back to community and your loved ones.
A Charitable Lead Trust helps you build a charitable fund with your community foundation during the trust's term. When the trust terminates, the remaining assets are transferred to you or your heirs, tax free.