How to Give
Your community foundation provides a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving. We offer a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable goals. You can make a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets to your community foundation.
You may choose to give online, knowing that our online donations are handled by a secure server. Or you might choose to give through the mail. You may download and print a contribution card by clicking here.
Here are the basics: You can make a gift to an existing fund, or you can create a fund at either the Midland Area Community Foundation or the Clare County Community Foundation.
There are many types of funds at the Foundation, each specifically tailored to meet the many needs of our community and provide donors with the level of involvement and type of giving they prefer. Fund types include: Unrestricted Funds, Donor-Advised Funds, Field of Interest Funds, Designated Funds, Agency/Organizational Funds, Scholarship Funds, and Giving Circle Funds.
Unrestricted Funds: Meeting Ever-changing Community Needs
When you establish an Unrestricted Fund, your gift can address a broad range of local needs--including future needs that often cannot be anticipated at the time your gift is made. We evaluate all aspects of community well-being: arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, health and human services, and more. The flexibility of your unrestricted gift enables your community foundation's program experts to respond to the community's most pressing needs, today and tomorrow.
Donor-advised Funds: A Personal Approach to Giving
A Donor-Advised Fund is a specialized type of Unrestricted Fund. Establishing a Donor-Advised Fund allows you to make a gift to your community foundation, then remain actively involved in suggesting uses for your gift. You can work with the community foundation's professional staff to suggest ongoing uses for the fund--targeting the issues you care about most. Grant awards are issued to charities in the name of the fund (or anonymously if you prefer). It's a simple, powerful, and a highly personal approach to giving.
Field-of-Interest Funds: Connecting Personal Values to High-impact Opportunities
By establishing a Field of Interest Fund, you can target your gift to address needs in an important area of community life such as arts, AIDS, aging, at-risk youth, etc. You identify your personal interest area when making your gift and our board awards grants to community organizations and programs that are making a difference in the area you select. Your gift stays flexible enough to meet community needs in your interest area--even as they change over time.
Designated Funds: Helping Local Organizations Sustain and Grow
Establishing a Designated Fund allows you to support the good work of a specific nonprofit organization--a senior center, museum, or virtually any nonprofit charitable organization. Because it's given through your community foundation, your gift provides the organization you select not only funding, but planned giving and investment management services and the power of endowment.
Organizational Funds: Endowing Your Nonprofit Organization
Nonprofit organizations can also establish a Designated Fund at the community foundation. It's a simple and efficient way to build an endowment--and help create sustainability--for your nonprofit organization. The community foundation's experienced staff can also help your organization develop planned giving programs and assist with investment management and administrative details.
Scholarship Funds: Investing in Deserving Students
Another kind of Designated Fund is a Scholarship Fund. In creating a scholarship, you invest in your community's future and show students you care. Your community foundation provides the expertise to help you meet your personal goals and awards scholarships to deserving students. Your gift can help students achieve their lifetime dreams.
Giving Circle Funds: Graciously Giving with a Group
Do you and several friends have a shared interest in you community's well-being. Do you wish to combine your giving activities with social ones? A Giving Circle Fund might be an opportunity for you to gather friends, neighbors or social contacts together to create real and impacting change in our community. By combining your contributions with those of friends and neighbors, you can come to agreement on how you'd all like to see the fund spent on the cause you value most.
There is So Much More We'd Like You to Know!
For more information and ideas on ways to integrate your financial planning with charitable giving, ask your financial advisor or estate planner or contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.