There is a misconception that one must be well-off financially to be a philanthropist. In our work with donors we have discovered that philanthropy has more to do with values and priorities than with finances.
With that in mind, however, many will be surprised at the positive impact charitable giving can have on one’s overall financial picture.
Assuming you’ve decided to be a philanthropist, here are ten key reasons to choose a Community Foundation:
We are a local organization with deep roots in the community, and part of a nationwide movement whose support we build and share.
We bring donors to the table as community builders, working closely with them to align their philanthropic vision with the community’s needs.
We identify long-term needs and opportunities and invest in solutions that let our communities guide their own future.
We take a broad and inclusive view of what a community is, and provide grants to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives.
We provide highly personal and flexible service, accepting a wide variety of assets and offering donors maximum tax advantage.
We build permanent funds and those that can respond to immediate needs, helping our communities ensure vital futures.
We multiply the impact of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts.
We believe that diversity is strength, so we bring the entire community together to stimulate new ideas, build participation and strengthen community philanthropy.
We are transparent and reputable stewards of community resources, committed to being accountable, accessible and responsive.
We build community vitality – the unique and essential spirit that flourishes when people believe their community holds possibilities for everyone.