“I had a great feeling about our giving,” Bob Harris said, “but I knew I wasn’t managing the investments ideally. I worried about doing the best possible due diligence. And it was a bit isolating. We didn’t have a body of likeminded donors, smart local people with ideas who could point out opportunities to become more responsible. Now the Community Foundation provides all that for us.”
“When I began handling my parents’ accounting, I said ‘this is crazy – all the time and effort,’” John D. “Jack” Wallace said of his family’s decision to transfer a private foundation to Donor Advised Funds. “When my father died, I didn’t want my mother to have to worry about that. We just granted the whole Ellerslie Fund over to the Community Foundation.”
“The fund that I’ve started at the Community Foundation will support whatever it takes to help low-income students in the Mercer County area see the possibility of going to college and grasp the opportunity, knowing that it won’t be easy but that it is doable,” said Debra Joy Perez.
“There could not be a better place to have manage your funds,” Norm Klath said. “I was certainly attracted to the Donor Advised Fund for the convenience and efficiency for major gifts. It’s easy to put money in and easy to recommend donations. I appreciate that. I make a phone call when I want to do something and it gets done.”
We just send in checks, and the Community Foundation takes care of the bookkeeping, reports our fund’s balance and activity and distributes our grants,” said Mary Lisa Costello. “Being at the Community Foundation is important to us. We’re so thankful.”
Our Charitable Funds
The Community Foundation offers customizable funds to suit every charitable need.
Donor Advised Funds are flexible, while designated funds carry out your wishes into the future even if you’re not here to implement them yourself. Community Grantmaking Funds pursue proven strategies to improve the community we share. Read about these and other fund types below (or email Marcia Shackelford for a copy of our Donor Handbook), or call us at 609.219.1800 for help choosing the fund that best meets your goals.
Any of these funds can be endowed, allowing you to give in perpetuity.
Name the fund whatever you wish. Many carry a family name, while others are anonymous.
As a fundholder, you’ll have access to exclusive educational events so you can learn more about best practices in giving. You can also take advantage of our family resources, which help you pass on your values to children or grandkids.
Gifts to your fund always qualify for the maximum tax benefit under state and federal law, including (in the case of assets with appreciated value) the advantages associated with donating potential capital gains. You can make your gift in any of these ways:
Read our brochure to learn more about Creating a Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation
Charitable Fund Services
Your giving should achieve your goals. To maximize your charitable impact, use these Community Foundation services:
For more information or support, please contact:
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Email Marcia Shackelford
Email Michael Nuno