#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.
We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season: a reminder of the “reason for the season.”
This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28.
Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together. #GivingTuesday includes people of all ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds. Together, millions of people demonstrate our common capacity to give.
#GivingTuesday is a celebration of America’s greatest traditions: generosity, entrepreneurialism, community. Everyone has something to give. You can give time or expertise, monetary donations large or small, simple acts of kindness, food or clothing.
Join the #GivingTuesday movement on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 with a gift of support to the Community Foundation.
As we age, we think about the many plans we need to put in place, but one we often overlook is our plan for giving. You have a passion for helping, caring for our community and want to keep that going now and after you are gone. One of the best ways to set up a long term strategic giving plan is with the help of a community foundation. A community foundation allows you to set up your own charitable fund, giving as much as you want, to whom you want, for as long as you want.
What does planned giving through a community foundation do for you?
Community foundations have the resources and expertise to help guide your through the entire process of starting your charitable giving strategy and make it easy with three simple steps.
Step One: Determine the assets you wish to use to start your fund. Examples include cash, publicly traded or closely held securities, real estate or personal property, or life insurance policies. These assets can be given at any time… now, ongoing, or through your will.
Giving to your fund through any of these assets accomplishes two important tax objectives: a charitable income tax deduction in the year of the gift and the reduction of the gross estate for future estate planning purposes. In addition, donors eliminate capital gains taxes for gifts of appreciated property. Establishing a fund allows you to give more to what you love and less to taxes and fees.
Step Two: Choose a name for your fund. Many choose to name their fund after themselves or their families for example “The Johnson Family Fund.” It is a great way to continue your family legacy and encourage a life of philanthropy for generations. You can also choose to name your fund for a specific passion or area of interest you care deeply about or even remain anonymous.
Step Three: Choose what you would like to support and for what length of time. You decide what charities, organizations or specific areas of interests you are most passionate about and want to support for lifetimes to come. Do you love the arts, have a passion for helping children, value education and leadership, whatever pulls at your heart, we can help you fund that entity or interest area.
These three basic steps are the building blocks for creating a fund to begin your long term strategic giving plan. There are a variety of types of funds, avenues of giving, ways to grow your assets, and tax breaks and incentives that can be taken advantage of as you set up your fund. To get more personalized information and dive deeper into a strategic giving plan that is specifically designed for you, contact your regional community foundation to set up an appointment.
The Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and Region and can be reached at 701-746-0668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Community Foundation Donors, Fund Holders and Community Partners,
On behalf of the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region, I am pleased to announce Becca Bahnmiller has accepted the position of Executive Director. Becca begins her new role on Monday, October 9th. Becca is very familiar with the Grand Forks region and brings a wealth of fundraising experience and energy to the position. Welcome Becca!
We are delighted Becca is joining the Foundation as we enter a new decade of serving you and our region. We were pleased with the thorough process and impressed with the strong pool of candidates offering the highest caliber of experience and skill sets.
As we head into the last few months of 2017, we are excited for you to meet Becca and learn how the Community Foundation can assist you with your giving goals. Please do not hesitate to contact her and introduce yourself.
Thank you all for your continued support. We know you join us in welcoming Becca to the Community Foundation.
Together, we are making a difference!
John D. Marchell, Board President