resources for current donors
The Community Foundation is known for our personalized donor support. The following information is provided for your convenience. If at any time, you prefer to speak with us directly, we look forward to your call.
DonorCentral is a secure online service that makes managing a charitable fund easy and efficient for fund donors. With DonorCentral, donors can view fund balances, download fund statements, view detailed grant and gift history, submit grant recommendations, and receive up-to-date information regarding donor education, community events, philanthropic news and funding opportunities. Fund advisors can access DonorCentral using the “Donor Login” portal at the top right-hand menu. First time users can review the Quick Start Guide below.
The Community Foundation's Donor Handbook shares information about policies and procedures for fund donors.
Tax Advantaged Giving through The Community Foundation
The Community Foundation offers opportunities to achieve tax savings while giving. Two popular programs are the EISTC Scholarships Tax Credits program and making a Qualified Charitable Distribution from an IRA account.
- Gift Acceptance Policy
- Fund Activity Policy
- Policy Guidelines for Donor Advised Funds
- Investment Policy
Tips on Giving Wisely
Our staff is available at any time to assist with your giving. We have many ideas to share with you.
Budget for giving
Plan your philanthropic activities right into your budget just as you would other financial obligations.
Be an informed giver
Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you’re asked to give, including the specific name of the solicitor and his or her relationship to the organization, how much of your gift will be used for overhead, the specific projects the money will go toward, and other important information. Give only when you feel comfortable that your dollars will be going to support an organization you know and believe in.
Keep the right records
For gifts you make to your charitable fund at The Community Foundation you will receive from us a properly worded receipt as a confirmation of these tax-deductible contributions. Gifts made from your fund will not be recognized with a receipt, as you have already received the deduction and thank you for the original gift.
Ask about matching gifts
Many employers match gifts made by their employees or make grants to organizations recommended by employees. Be sure to ask your company if it can help your gift to stretch even further.
Remember, your gift can be confidential
If you prefer to have gifts from your charitable fund remain confidential, please let us know.
Consider alternative forms of giving
Don’t overlook the benefits you and your cause can receive from bequests, charitable gift annuities, gifts in kind, endowments and many other creative forms of giving. Ask your tax advisor or attorney to help create the best plan for you and your family.
In addition to financial support, consider giving your time and skills. Not only will you help the organization, but you’ll also make contacts, hone your skills, and learn more about the charitable cause to which you’re committing your time and money.
Don’t forget you have the right to say no
Give generously when you can, but if you’re unsure or feel uncomfortable—or if an organization simply falls outside your plan for giving — don’t be afraid to say no. Or, ask for more information and take more time to think before making your decision.
Be a proactive giver!
You don’t have to wait to be asked. Plan a giving strategy in advance. Consult with our staff about how your gifts can be most effectively used and where you can make a real difference in the community.
We are here to help you with all aspects of your giving.