A Smarter, Simpler Way to GiveNovember 26, 2018
I can’t count how many times I’ve had to answer the question, “Now, what does the community foundation do?” Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind the question at all. It gives me the chance to talk about all of our fantastic donors and the amazing work their gifts help make happen.
But, if I had to boil it down to a few words, it would be this: We make smarter charitable giving simple.
That might sound like some kind of tagline or soft sell, but it’s far from that. Our goal is to help donors become smarter charitable givers to the causes they care about. The fact that we’ve been doing this work for nearly 25 years helps. Our deep experience with nonprofit organizations and causes allows us to inform donors about the most effective ways and places to give, so their contributions have a sustained impact. We’re also constantly evaluating local, state, and national nonprofits and causes to ensure they are smart places to invest for our donors.
And we’re investing right alongside you. In fact, working with a community foundation deepens and broadens the local impact of your charitable dollar, creating added value and commitment that no commercial fund can (or will) duplicate.
Giving to something you care about should be simple and straightforward. That’s why we take the complexity out of the process by helping donors take things like stocks, 401ks, and real estate, and turn them into meaningful investments into the community.
What’s also important is how we do it. We don’t send you a bunch of forms with confusing language and paperwork with tiny print. We start with asking questions. We have conversations with you (and your advisors, if you wish), to learn what you care about, what you want your charitable giving to accomplish. It’s a relationship. We want to understand how we can help you make your dreams for your community come true. And we make it simple.
Starting the process is simple, too. All you have to do is give us a call or stop by our office (we’d love give you a tour of our new home!).