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In the business of giving


If you're a business owner, odds are you already give back to your community. Like many charitably-minded people, your business likely sponsors events, makes in-kind donations, and donates cash to favorite organizations.

Many local business owners also work with the community foundation to give back to the community where they built their businesses and developed lasting relationships with employees and customers.

The community foundation offers a variety of tools to help you build and grow your corporate philanthropy program, including:

  • Corporate-advised fund: Establishing a corporate donor-advised fund helps you organize your company's giving in a convenient, 501(c)(3)-qualified structure.
  • Executive donor-advised fund: Offering this elevated employee benefit to your executive team can help activate your senior management's community involvement.
  • Matching gifts: Your employees likely have favorite causes and charities. Let the community foundation help you create a program that offers them matching contributions for select causes, like to one of our affiliate funds.
  • Grantmaking administration and strategy: You and your colleagues likely receive dozens of requests each month from community organizations requesting sponsorships and monetary donations. The team at the community foundation can help you create and implement a strategy for responding to and evaluating those requests to align with your company's goals for supporting and prioritizing causes.
  • Employee giving and disaster relief campaigns: The community foundation's tools to receive and process donations, like our Community Response Fund for Nonprofits, can help you and your employees respond quickly and meaningfully to disasters and other urgent community needs.¬†

The community foundation is glad to help you deepen your business's impact and connection to your community, customers, and employees by creating a philanthropy plan that supports causes that align with the wide range of your objectives. Please reach out to Laura Lederer, vice president and chief development officer, if you'd like more information or for a complimentary consultation.

The team at the community foundation is honored to serve as a resource and sounding board as you build your charitable plans and pursue your philanthropic objectives for making a difference in the community. This newsletter is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal, accounting, or financial planning advice. Please consult your tax or legal advisor to learn how this information might apply to your own situation. 

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