You Care. You Give. You are a Philanthropist.

You can create meaningful impact and enduring change in our region by starting a Donor Advised Fund.

We are the local philanthropy experts, and we make it easy for generous people to give to the causes they care about. We collaborate with philanthropists, nonprofits and community leaders to address our region’s most critical needs.

By building your fund at the Community Foundation, you’re investing in central New Jersey and in the well-being of all of our people—you’re helping us make this a vibrant place to live, work, and play.

Read inspiring stories from our community of philanthropists.

Giving Simplified

Donor advised funds make giving simple.  You can contribute any asset at the right time for you, maximizing your tax benefits. Then, whenever you want to suggest a grant to a charity, just notify us. We handle all of the paperwork and due diligence. It’s as simple as that.

At the Community Foundation, you get expert advice on everything from giving as a family to the strongest nonprofits in your area of interest. You can rely on us to be faithful stewards of your legacy if your charitable intentions reach beyond your lifetime. We’ll get to know you and support your giving goals.

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Benefits of a Donor Advised Fund

Make a gift to your fund and you’ll receive an immediate tax benefit. We accept cash, stock or other assets like real estate or life insurance policies.

You name the fund—after yourself, your family, or even an anonymous name with meaning to you.

You support the causes and organizations you care about by recommending grants from your fund.

You may draw on our professional grants staff’s deep knowledge to make effective grants, check your fund balance 24/7 on our online grant portal, research nonprofits, and request customized site visits with local organizations.

You can add to the fund at any time, even through a legacy gift from your estate.

Your fund is invested in our high-quality pool.

We manage all administrative details including due diligence review, and issue grants in your fund’s name. Simplified tax receipts make your accountant’s job easy.

You can leverage your grants by partnering with the Community Foundation’s investments in the strongest local nonprofits. Tap into our staff’s expertise anytime you have a question about a specific organization or about giving in general.

We’ll share tools and facilitate family discussions about philanthropy. You enjoy the strengthened bonds that result.

Join our community of philanthropists. Click here to see a list of our funds.

For more information or support, please contact:

Marcia Shackelford
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Email Marcia Shackelford

Michael Nuno
Vice President, Philanthropic Services
Email Michael Nuno