Establishing a Fund

tree plantingYou can establish your own named grantmaking fund, a simple process which can be done with a minimum gift of $10,000 (endowment minimum $25,000--$50,000). Through one of our variety of grantmaking funds, we can put a custom plan into place to fulfill your charitable goals and you can:

Provide ongoing support to your favorite organizations

Choose different nonprofit organizations each year during your lifetime

Make your own choices, or take advantage of our staff's expertise to help you address the community's most pressing challenges

Distribute gifts during your lifetime or leave a lasting legacy through a will or bequest  - or do both

Use the name of your fund in making every grant or be anonymous, whichever you prefer

It is easy to establish your own named grantmaking fund, often in less than a day.   Working with a member of our staff, and your professional advisor if you choose, you will take these simple steps:

-First, determine your charitable purpose or intent.

-Select the type of grantmaking  fund that best supports your purpose.  Our staff will outline your options and discuss advantages of each.

-Complete a simple governing document.  Our staff will help you to complete a document that makes your intentions clear.

-Select a name for your fund. You can use your name, that of a family member, the name of a favorite cause, or choose a name that allows you to remain anonymous.

-Depending on the type of grantmaking fund you establish, you may designate current fund advisors such as yourself and spouse, and successor advisors such as your children. This information will be included in your governing document.

-Make an establishing gift. See Ways to Give for the types of contributions you can make.

-Receive a tax deduction at the time the fund is established and when additional contributions are made to the fund.


Enjoy giving through your fund. Once your fund is established you can:

Add to the fund at any time in any dollar amount

Specify how grant disbursements are to be acknowledged – whether in the name of the fund or anonymously

If you've established a donor advised fund you may recommend distributions to charities, locally or throughout the United States