Thinking of Starting a Fund?

Donors are at the heart of everything we do. We pride ourselves on making meaningful connections that lead to positive change for our region. Whether you are just getting started or are looking to focus your philanthropy, we can help you learn about and support the causes and organizations you care about, now and for years to come.

Tax or estate planning? Just sold your business or exercised stock options? Are you looking to celebrate or memorialize a loved one? Whatever your motivation, when you're ready to give, TCF is here to help.

Why partner with us?

The Community Foundation is built upon the generosity of people who share a love of place and who want their philanthropy to have a meaningful and lasting impact. Of the many individuals and families who have partnered with us, here are some of the top reasons they trust us to carry out their philanthropic vision.

  • We connect donors with causes they care about.
  • We offer many ways to give.
  • We can achieve more together than we can alone.
  • We share our community knowledge and insight and provide leadership on local issues.

"The Community Foundation is in touch with what is going on in the community and can help us determine where our grants will make the most difference."

Wally Stettinius, donor


Contact Molly Dean Bittner
Sr. VP, Philanthropic Services

Getting Started

  1. We listen to your needs and interests.
    Our team believes in a customized, personal approach for each and every donor. We are here to listen and answer your questions. By getting to know you and what you deem important, we can help you identify the best giving vehicle and grantmaking strategy to fit your charitable needs and interests.

    Setting up a fund or planning for a future fund is easy and can often be accomplished in one brief meeting.
  2. You decide how and when to give.
    The Community Foundation provides a variety of giving options to fulfill your objectives. Your level of involvement is up to you. You can choose when, where and how to recommend grants. Or, you can consult with our staff to learn about pressing needs in our region and the organizations effectively addressing them.
  3. We make it simple.
    When you establish a fund at TCF, you have the support of our entire team. We manage complex gift scenarios, provide guidance on charitable giving techniques and conduct a full review of all nonprofits prior to grant distribution. You can recommend grants through our convenient online portal while we manage all tax filings and paperwork so that you don't have to. That way, you can focus on what's most important - giving.

    Our investment partnership with Spider Management Company continues to produce strong and consistent returns, in good years and bad, allowing you to do more good. Because of positive investment results over time, many of our endowments have distributed more than their original gift value.
  4. Together, we can do more.
    Our relationship with you may span decades, so it is very important to us that you are fulfilled in your philanthropy. We hope you will take advantage of additional ways to engage with us and we encourage you to call us anytime we can be of assistance.

Showalter Family Fund

Lee and Janet Showalter have engaged their children and grandchildren in their family's philanthropy, offering fresh perspective and enthusiasm.
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