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 community foundation, we establish a special fund that benefits the community forever and becomes your personal legacy of giving.

How it works

  • You include the community foundation in your will as a bequest; we can help you or your attorney with recommended language.

  • You determine the type of fund you would like to establish with your gift.

  • Upon your death, we set up a special fund in your name, in the name of your family, or in honor of any person or organization you choose.

  • Your charitable gift is excluded from your assets for estate tax purposes.

  • Our professional program staff considers your charitable wishes and determines the areas of community need that would be most impacted by grants from your gift.

  • Our board issues grants in the name of the fund you establish (if you prefer, grants can be made anonymously).

  • We handle all the administrative details.

  • Your gift can be placed into an endowment that is invested over time. Earnings from your fund are used to make grants addressing community needs. Your gift — and all future earnings from your gift — is a permanent source of community capital, helping to do good work forever.



More benefits

Making a bequest to your community foundation is an easy way to transfer assets to charity. And, you can decide to do it at any age by adding to an existing will or drafting a new one. In doing so you leave a legacy to your community, while enjoying the assets you need to maintain your current lifestyle. Plus, you are able to distribute some or all of your assets, tax free.

You can give cash, appreciated stocks, or other assets. Some of the most tax-efficient asset types to give through your will come from retirement plan accounts, since heirs would be taxed on the income in respect of the decedent (IRD). You can choose to give a stated dollar amount, a specific property, a percentage of your estate, the remainder after distri- butions to other beneficiaries, or you can make your gift contingent on certain events.

Community foundations provide a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. We offer a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable goals.

You can make a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets to your community foundation. Most charitable gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law. For more information and ideas on ways to integrate your financial planning with charitable giving, ask your financial advisor or contact your community foundation.